Electrical Contracting News (ECN) March 2017 - Page 21

TRAINING HUDSON CONTRACT BOOSTS CONSTRUCTION SKILLS WITH APPRENTICE SPONSORSHIP SCHEME Hudson Contract is celebrating having helped more than 80 apprentices begin a career in construction with its Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme. Launched back in 2011, the Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme offers 12 months’ financial support to employers to help them take on an apprentice. As part of the scheme, Hudson Contract pays 50 per cent of each apprentice’s wages for the first year of their training. It has helped more than 60 firms to date. The firm hosted a celebration for its apprentices last week, the event promoted the scheme and rewarded four young apprentices with special prizes on the night, including Ben Dolan, an electrical apprentice who won second place. Ben commented, ‘Going through nine years of school is enough to drive anyone crazy, let alone two or three more years of full time college! So when the opportunity came up for me to take up an electrical apprenticeship I knew I had to take it.’ ‘Since starting as an electrical apprentice I never could have predicted the things I’d pick up so quickly to do with electrics. The practical site experience really helps with the college exams.’ After the success of the Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme, Husdon Contract is now encouraging other firms to host similar schemes to help address the skills shortage in the industry. For further information visit: www.hudsoncontract.co.uk/why-hudson/apprenticeships/ ROUND TWO FOR ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION The first stage of the second NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition, sponsored by Scolmore Group, has now closed and it looks like this year’s competition is set to be even more successful than the inaugural event. There has been a significant rise in the number of apprentices who have entered this year (up 28 per cent on last year) as well as an increase in the pass rate for the Stage 1 online, 40-question exam, which is up from 65 per cent to 70 per cent. This year’s competition will also see more female apprentices through to Stage 2 of the competition. Open to all Level 3 students, the competition seeks to test the skills and knowledge of those candidates who put themselves forward. In the next round successful candidates will sit a 90-minute practical exam to be held at locations across the UK and marked by industry experts. Eight students with the highest scores will go through to the final. Marie Parry, Scolmore marketing director, commented, ‘Our aim is to build on the success of last year’s competition – more entries, a higher exam pass rate and more female apprentices. This just demonstrates the wealth of talent and enthusiasm there is out there among the next generation of electricians.’ Scolmore will be hosting the competition finals on 6th June, where a range of prizes will be on offer to the winners. For further information visit: www.scolmore.com Lowest Price Yet EON PLUS 8W COB LED CCT FIRE RATED DIMMABLE DOWNLIGHT 600 LUMENS NEW Switch allows interchangeable colour temperatures 3000K, 4000K & 6000K For all your lighting and electrical needs, contact the experts: 0845 634 1515 www.nationallighting.co.uk Only £16 .95