Industry urged to help redundant apprentices

Big firms have been urged to lend their support to struggling apprentices by hiring people made redundant before completing training.

The National Apprenticeship Service and CIPHE have called on industry leaders to step up help to avoid a skills shortage after the COVID-19 crisis ends because trainees have been laid off before completing their apprenticeships.

The CIPHE is also calling on major players who have frozen job hiring to earmark their training money allocations for small traders.

Neil Weller, Chair of the London Apprenticeship Ambassador Network which is part of the NAS, said: “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on us all and, as employers, we can make a positive difference by helping those who find themselves in a difficult situation. By hiring an apprentice who has been made redundant, we can help build lives and allow people to complete the first stage of their journeys.”

CIPHE chief executive officer Kevin Wellman said: “We are encouraging big companies to take on redundant apprentices and allocate their resources to the plumbing industry where it is needed most – among small firms that will train new entrants. If we don’t there will be a skills shortage when the recovery begins.”

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