Industry leads step up training support

Two of the biggest names in the industry have launched schemes to boost support for trainees.

Baxi and Ideal Standard have begun schemes aimed at getting young people a crucial foothold in the industry to counter the COVID-19 recruitment drop. And the CIPHE is supporting both.

The two firms have joined the Kickstart scheme where young people aged 16-24 and on benefits get an initial six-month placement. Companies hiring them get a £1,500 grant.

Baxi is starting off its recruits as customer contact centre operatives supporting installers and overseeing aftercare. At the end of their placement, they can then move to opportunities in marketing, IT, sales, engineering and R&D.

Louise Murton, customer service director, said: “Baxi is committed to supporting young people into employment and through this scheme we hope to discover and nurture new talent. This will not only help to address the skills gap and increase workforce diversity but ensure that our valued installers have even more support.”

The scheme uses funding from the government’s Apprenticeship Levy and Ideal Standard will be using a percentage of its share to provide financial support for smaller companies, allowing them to take on an apprentice.

David Barber, Ideal Standard UK MD said: “It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead the way in investing in young talent and apprentices as they begin their careers in the plumbing and heating industry. I hope that other organisations will see the benefits of the scheme.”

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