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Building services training provider, Logic4training, is introducing a new 19+ apprenticeship programme and is calling for employers interested in taking on an apprentice.

With over 20 years' experience training plumbers, heating engineers and electricians in essential industry qualifications, the company is well-placed to support the next generation of building services installers.

Scheduled for launch summer 2024 at its Northolt centre, the first apprenticeships will be in Gas Engineering and Smart Metering. Offering an affordable way to nurture new talent, Logic4training apprenticeships provide a number of benefits over college-based alternatives, including year-round provision so apprentices can start at a time to suit the employer, and small class sizes to ensure the best possible training experience.

Logic4training will do a block-release model, with in-centre training tailored in terms of time and content (where possible) to the needs of a business. By completing training in chunks (1-2 weeks at a time), on return to the workplace, the apprentice will have useful skills that can be applied straight away.

Mark Krull, director for Logic4training, said: 'We are excited to launch our new apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for both the apprentice and the employer; a mutually beneficial arrangement, which allows businesses to cost-effectively upskill someone to meet their specific needs, while the trainee ‘earns while they learn'. Statistically, an apprentice is far more likely to stay with an employer after training is complete.

'As experienced training providers to existing installers, we understand the demands of working in the trades and have designed our apprenticeships accordingly, providing flexible start times, support with recruitment and options for employers with a number of apprentices, for example. We also offer all the add-on courses required for a future-proof business, such as heat pump training.

Megan Killen, Head of Apprenticeships at Logic4training, added: 'Apprenticeships are a tried, tested and affordable model for bringing in new talent. Larger organisations pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, which covers the price of training and smaller businesses pay just 5% towards this cost. Apprentices must be paid a minimum wage, but at the end of the process, you have someone fully qualified and well-versed in the culture of your organisation. We look after all the training element and support both the learner and their employer throughout.

Mark concluded: 'Overall, the building services sector is experiencing a massive skills shortage. A recent report suggested we need a 78% increase in plumbing and heating apprentices to meet demand for low carbon heating upgrades. Hopefully we can encourage employers in Northolt and the surrounding area to contribute to this uplift.'

 

11 January 2024

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