Baxi is inviting its approved installers to apply for funding and support if they are taking on an apprentice in 2021.
This latest Baxi apprenticeship scheme is designed to support approved installers to grow their business and give the next generation of heating engineers a great start.
Working in conjunction with selected local colleges in England (BMet College, Birmingham, Weston College, Weston-Super-Mare, Leeds College of Building, Leeds), the Baxi apprenticeship scheme pays for the college fees of successful applicants. They will also be provided with branded workwear, personal protective equipment (PPE), free Baxi product / specialist training, work experience with a Baxi engineer and even a factory tour.
To take advantage of the Baxi apprenticeship scheme, approved installers need to apply by 13 June 2021. The successful candidates will be invited for interviews in July 2021 and offers will be made in August 2021, before the course starts in September 2021.
Steve Owen, national training manager at Baxi, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Baxi’s network of approved installers and their new gas engineering apprentices to get ahead and receive funding and support from Baxi.
“We all have a role to play in providing the next generation with the skills and support required to enter the industry and thrive, so our hope is that this scheme will open the door for even more entrants to start their career journey. With this in mind, now is a great time for installers in the Midlands, South West and West Yorkshire, where our partnering colleges are based, to hire an apprentice and apply.
“Hiring an apprentice will provide installers with a valuable extra pair of hands. Importantly, it will also help to increase new talent, which is crucial for the future of our industry, reducing the skills gap and meeting future sustainability targets.
“As part of Baxi’s sustainability pledge, we are committed to developing new low-carbon heating technologies, and this is a way we can support our approved installers and their apprentices with information, training and support as we journey towards net-zero. Another of our commitments is to promote diversity and inclusion within the heating industry, and we encourage any apprentices from any background to apply and open the horizons of their working life by learning a trade.”
Following the launch of the Construction Inclusion Coalition in September, founder member Baxi hosted a roundtable discussion at RIBA, The Royal Institute of British Architects, focused on addressing gender imbalance and other equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations in the construction industry.
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