apprentices

SNIPEF sets up task forces to ensure apprentices don't miss out on training during coronavirus shutdown

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has joined with colleges to ensure that apprentices are able to continue to learn their trade during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the start of the shutdown of the construction industry in Scotland by the Scottish Government, SNIPEF has been proactive in ensuring that the Modern Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating has […]

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Funding is available for apprentices in the Midlands thanks to Baxi Apprentice Scheme

Baxi-approved installers in the Midlands, who are thinking of taking on an apprentice in 2019 are being invited by Baxi to put forward candidates for the chance to gain a whole host of benefits, including full funding of their new apprentice’s college fees. The Baxi Apprentice Scheme is designed to offer Baxi Approved installers, who […]

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135,000 apprentices are being cheated out of minimum wage – says the TUC

New figures obtained by the TUC show that 1 in 7 (15%) of the 900,000 apprentices in England are being paid less than than the national minimum wage. The national minimum wage for apprentices under 19 and those in the first year of their apprenticeship is just £3.50 an hour, and according to documents obtained under the […]

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Apprentices give evidence to parliamentary inquiry

Three ECA representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships, held jointly by the House of Commons Business and Education Committees. Apprentices Niall Watson of Derry Building Services and Charlotte Burton of NG Bailey participated in the session, alongside Frank Clayton, the Head of Group Learning and Development at NG […]

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Not enough young people training in the construction sector

New report shows 20% more construction professionals are needed by 2017, but a large London college says there are not enough young people training to join the construction sector. The “Higher, Further, Faster, More” report published this week by the Policy Exchange and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Wates Construction, says […]

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