Electrical Contracting News (ECN) December 2016 - Page 20

TRAINING ENGINEERING FIRM TAKES ACTION ON APPRENTICESHIP SHORTAGE JIB PROVIDES £20,000 SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY TRAINING In line with new figures highlighting a deficit of high quality apprenticeships, engineering firm adi Group has made investing in future generations a priority, with the launch of its unique pre-apprenticeship scheme for 14-16 year olds. According to a new survey by the Industry Apprentice Council, the opportunities that apprenticeships offer, most notably in engineering and manufacturing, are wholly insufficient. The need to teach these vital skills to ensure there are no gaps in the future workforce is paramount. adi’s pre-apprenticeship scheme aims to do just that by introducing young people to the world of engineering at an early age. The scheme, which launched on 15th September, will see adi take a contingent of 12 students into its workshop for half a day each week, and will occupy 10 per cent of the students’ overall curriculum time. Alan Lusty, CEO of adi Group, commented, ‘Our new pre-apprenticeship scheme marks a significant moment in our efforts to link industry and education. The skills gap is the result of a lapse between the economic needs of our country and those that prepare the younger generations to meet them. ‘At adi, we recognise how crucial young, skilled apprentices are to securing a healthy economy and vibrant future for our country.’ E NVIROVENT OFFERS NEW NICEIC TRAINING COURSE EnviroVent is one of the first manufacturers to offer the NICEIC Certification accredited training and assessment course for installers of ventilation equipment. The new course will be delivered at EnviroVent’s dedicated training centre in Harrogate and covers ventilation technologies, including Central Extract and Heat Recovery. Valid for five years, the two day course provides an overview of the techniques used for installation and covers the key terminology and regulations associated with domestic ventilation systems and the whole process of installing, testing and commissioning. Installers are assessed against criteria in accordance with the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and approved by SummitSkills, which is the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector. Once they have achieved the qualification, installers can apply to the NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme for Ventilation in order to self-certify their work in England and Wales. Larry Soper, technical training manager at EnviroVent, said, ‘We have invested a significant amount in our training centre and we are looking forward to offering this essential training course for ventilation installers. There are major opportunities for installers at the moment as both domestic and commercial users are aware of the importance of good indoor ventilation.’ VAD Advert (ECN)224x159.qxp_Layout 1 08/11/2016 14:57 Page 1 The JIB’s Skills Development Fund has seen its most successful year yet, with applications and payments in 2015/16 doubling those in 2014/15. A total of 40 applications were made, with just under £20,000 awarded by the JIB to successful applicants to support their training across the industry. Since the fund was established the payout for training support has totalled over £88,000. The most popular courses have been the HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering, BTEC National Certificate and ONC Building Services. This year more degree courses have been funded than ever before – this prompted the JIB to launch its new Scholarship Grant earlier in the year to support an individual at Master’s level. To be eligible for funding, applicants must be directly employed by a JIB member company, a JIB registered apprentice or a registered unemployed operative who holds a valid ECS card. ‘The Fund promotes the aim of upskilling the industry and the increased uptake in course funding only helps to further this aim,’ said Ivor Williams, chairman of the JIB Skills Development Fund Committee. ‘We look forward to another successful year in 2016/2017 and encourage applicants to come forward for support with their training and development.’ ADDRESSABLE VADS TO BE HAD! C-TEC’s addressable visual alarm devices & sounders are here! Introducing C-TEC’s new range of UK-manufactured addressable visual alarm devices and sounders. Fully compatible with our XFP & ZFP range of XP95/Discovery fire panels, Base, Hi-Output and Compact variants are available, all certified to the relevant parts of EN54 parts 3, 23 and 17. 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