Clearview National May 2017 - Issue 186 - Page 128

CONSERVATORIES&ROOFS A welcome boost » » APPRENTICESHIP standards in construction are set to increase following the Government’s approval for two new apprenticeships in bricklaying and plastering, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). RA ad Clearview Magazine Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “We feared that the Government’s ambition to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020 would lead to an emphasis on quantity over quality. The Government has demonstrated that it really is committed to working with the industry to increase the quality of apprenticeship training by approving these new standards. Research by the FMB shows that two-thirds of construction SMEs believe that the overall quality of construction apprenticeships has decreased during the past 30 years. Furthermore, over 70% of small construction firms would be more likely to train an apprentice if the quality of construction apprenticeship standards were improved. Given that style it’s construction that new ad.pdf 1 SMEs 20/09/2013 train two-thirds of all apprentices, the Government is right to back the FMB’s mission to increase the quality of apprenticeships.” Berry continued: “The Government’s Trailblazer process is all about putting control back into the hands of the employer to ensure that apprenticeship training actually reflects what’s required in the workplace. It is the employers – large and small – who have given up their time to shape these two new high quality apprenticeship standards and they should be commended. What this means is that the bricklayers and plasters of the future will have a much higher minimum skill level than they do currently. All bricklayers will be able to build arches and chimneys and all plasterers will be able to install 12:27 drylining, and apply solid and fibrous plaster. These broad skills will future-proof the individuals from forthcoming recessions and ensure that we don’t lose them from the construction industry at the first sign of trouble.” David Kehoe, Technical Support and Training Representative at British Gypsum, said: “This is the best thing to happen to the plastering industry for a number of years. British Gypsum is pleased to welcome this new plastering apprenticeship, which will raise the standards and quality of tradespeople within our industry. The FMB is to be congratulated for bringing together employers to develop the new standards and this will improve the quality of training delivery for apprentices coming into our industry.” Interested in Becoming a Roof Assured Registered Installer? C M Y CM MY CY CMY K With a comprehensive training and ■ Market Leader support package, we help our new ؘ[\[B[^\[[[\ H\X[HYH8[[\[\ݙ[Y[\[Y\ HY\8[\H]Z[[Y\\Y[8XY]وX\] 8 L0PVH M0PTHHHR B   M B˜٘\\Y ˝Z[[\]\ِ\\YZ[[[\ܝ[X\][\ܝ[\][ۂYX\XYH^X[J[\[[H\\YHH]\\وYܙ[Y[JH\[^\و YX\[Z\[[