Heating and Ventilating

 

OFTEC campaign to encourage heating business apprenticeships

As the number of young people starting apprenticeships continues to fall, OFTEC has launched a new campaign to highlight the business benefits of hiring an apprentice and, in turn, encourage essential fresh, young talent into the industry.

David Knipe, training manager at OFTEC.

According to Department of Education data, the total number of apprenticeship starts among under 19s has fallen by 8 per cent since 2017/18 to 83,300 and by 23 per cent from 2016/17 figures. This drop has occurred despite the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, which is designed to encourage employers to invest in future skills.

In a bid to drive up the number of young people entering the heating trade and help tackle the sector’s ongoing skills shortage, OFTEC is underlining the advantages of apprenticeships through its ‘Tomorrow’s Technician’ initiative.

David Knipe, training manager at OFTEC, explained: “Apprenticeships provide an excellent, low cost way to recruit, particularly when almost wholly funded by the Levy. Heating businesses can train apprentices in the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to fit their company, while taking on younger talent can often bring fresh, valuable ideas to a business. Studies have also shown that trainees are more likely to be loyal to the company which has helped them develop.

“At a time when the industry is facing a widespread skills shortage coupled with an ageing workforce, it is crucial to encourage more people to join this exciting and constantly evolving sector. We hope Tomorrow’s Technicians will help to achieve this.”

Smaller heating businesses and sole traders, who make up the majority of OFTEC’s registered technician base, will qualify for 95 per cent of apprenticeship training costs to be funded by government through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Those taking on an apprentice under the age of 25 earning below the higher tax rate will also be exempt from paying National Insurance contributions, while those training a 16 to 18-year-old could qualify for an extra £1,000 payment.

Mr Knipe continued: “Heating businesses who are interested in capitalising on this valuable opportunity should contact the National Apprenticeships Service or their local further education provider for more information. Employers do not have to rely on training providers to advertise their apprenticeship vacancies and can do so on their own websites to retain control of the application process.

“A recent OFTEC survey found that 48 per cent of our registered technicians entered the industry through an apprenticeship – in fact, OFTEC’s own chief executive, Paul Rose, began his career this way. We hope more young people will be given the opportunity to benefit from this valuable career opportunity.”

To further support apprenticeships as an excellent route into the heating industry, OFTEC is offering free registration for the first year to newly qualified apprentices. In Great Britain and Northern Ireland they should have completed training up to Level three and in the Republic of Ireland up to Level seven. They also need to be employed with an OFTEC registered business.

12 November 2019

Comments

Already Registered?
Login
Not Yet Registered?
Register

HVR Awards going virtual! See who's in the final

The HVR Awards event is heading to a screen near you on Thursday 15 October.

Following the latest information and guidance issued by the UK government, Datateam Business Media has confirmed that this year’s HVR Awards will not be hosted in its traditional format. Instead, the organiser is excited to reveal the plans to host the annual celebration of industry excellence on a digital platform – and are delighted to announce the incredible products and companies that are in the running to win.

  04-Sep-2020
ACR News

CPA charts a path to a cleaner, safer new normal.

CPA Engineering Solutions has developed solutions said to boost infection control in commercial and industrial buildings....

  21-Sep-2020

Create the Ideal Indoor Climate all Year Round

Humidity Solutions introduces the new HomEvap to the UK market, opening up new opportunities for providing safe and precise humidity control and/or low energy cooling for residential, commercial or preservation applications.
  24-Aug-2020
Heating & Ventilating Review is the number one magazine in the HVAR industry. Don’t miss out, subscribe today!
Subcribe to HVR

Diary

FETA Annual Lunch
https://www.heatingandventilating.net/oftec-campaign-to-encourage-heating-business-apprenticeships