Would-be apprentices to be able to 'try before they buy'
The CSCS card scheme and the Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) have struck a funding deal in order to encourage more on the job training for industry apprenticeships.
The Pathway to Construction scheme will financially support on-the-job traning for young apprentices seeking a work trial or work experience.
Funding of up to £1,000 per student will help local employers with the costs of giving students up to 10 weeks’ work experience on site towards the end of the first year of their course.
The scheme comes after many employers who take on an apprentice do not feel able to initially commit to a two or three-year apprenticeship but are more willing to consider a ‘try before you buy’ type offer.
The funding encourages employers to take a student into employment as an apprentice for the second year of their course ensuring that a full framework qualification can be achieved.
Discussing the scheme, CSCS Chief Executive, Graham Wren said: “The agreement we have reached with CCATF to fund work experience for 35 students, simply and effectively underpins our view of the construction sector and its need for more skilled employees.
“With CSCS cards providing proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out, the synergy was clear.
“CSCS’s strategic direction is focused on the achievement of industry recognised qualifications and a fully qualified workforce.
“The excellent work of the CCATF and the PtC scheme was something we as an organisation can relate to.
“We have developed a strong working partnership with the CCATF and we look forward to helping 35 students gain the valuable work experience they require in order to complete their NVQ.”
CCATF Chairman, Martyn Price added: “This agreement with CSCS marks a significant development in highlighting the need for an uplift in skills within the sector.
“It also creates an opportunity for the further development of the PtC initiative that support young talent being able to gain valuable experience with employers.
‘We look forward to working with Graham and his team at CSCS and making the PtC a robust and meaningful way of supporting skills development in the sector.”