Thu 12th July, 2012
Leeds College of Building and its national partners including colleges, sector skills councils, awarding bodies and most importantly employers have successfully launched Higher Apprenticeships across England.
Higher Apprenticeships fill a gap in the market for employers introducing training and competence at level 5 – something the industry has been keen to see for some time. Tom Gibney of ConstructionSkills states “employers have been lobbying for training at Level 5 via the knowledge based HND and a practical competence based NVQ, the Higher Apprenticeships on offer are fully supported by both ourselves, SummitSkills as well as professional bodies such as ICE and BIFM. As an organisation we have already seen employers enquiring about the Higher Apprenticeship and for in-scope companies grant support is available”
As well as CITB grants being available the National Apprenticeship Service are also offering an AGE grant of £1500 – to see if your company could benefit from drawing down the grant log onto www.apprenticeships.org.uk
It has been great to see employers engaging on the project so quickly and to date both local employers and international organisations have been engaging in the project, this includes May Gurney Rail, AECOM and Toshiba Carrier.
Places are still available on the Higher Apprenticeships for a September start and if you would like more information, an informal chat or would like to enrol an employee on the scheme please contact Sarah Carter, Project Manager for Higher Apprenticeships on 0113 222 6010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.