According to the apprenticeship body CCATF, many employers are reluctant to hire apprentices. This is because they don’t believe they can commit to hiring an apprentice for an apprenticeship that lasts two to three years. However, the apprenticeship body has revealed that employers would be more likely to hire an apprentice on a “try before you buy” basis.

To encourage this hiring of apprentices, CCATF has formed an agreement with the CSCS skills card scheme to support their ‘Pathway to Construction’ scheme. This specific project will aim to financially support apprentice’s on the job training for those seeking a work trial.

Apprentices will receive 10 weeks on the job training at the end of the first year of their apprenticeship. This will be aided by funding of £1,000 to employers to help with the costs that would occur from providing this training. This funding aims to encourage employers to take on apprentices during the second year of their training course. This is in order to ensure that these individuals gain their full qualification, in which on site training is necessary for.

The CSCS chief executive stated: “the agreement we have reached with CCATF to fund work experience for 35 students, simply and effectively underpins our view of the construction sector and its need for more skilled employees.”

“With CSCS cards providing proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out, the synergy was clear.”

“CSCS’s strategic direction is focused on the achievement of industry recognised qualifications and a fully qualified workforce.”

The CCATF chairman continued: “This agreement with CSCS marks a significant development in highlighting the need for an uplift in skills within the sector.”

“It also creates an opportunity for the further development of the PtC initiative that supports young talent being able to gain valuable experience with employers.”

Apprenticeship treatment has come under fire recently though after it was found that an eighteen-year-old apprentice had hung himself after being locked in a cage and set on fire by his employees. Take a look at the full report here.

Following this, a debate has arose as to what is banter and what is taking things too far when it comes to the treatment of apprentices. Take a look at the views of tradesmen on site here.

But what do you think of this? Would you hire an apprentice on a “try before you buy” basis? Let us know in the comments below.


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