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HVCA disappointed at apprentice uptake

HVCA president elect Gareth Vaughan has expressed disappointment at apprentice take-up levels in the m&e sector.

His comments come in reaction to findings from a Learning and Skills Council (LSC) survey of organisations that employ apprentices which suggested apprentices bring considerable benefits to employers.

“In 2007, only 896 hvacr apprentices qualified across England, Wales and Scotland,” said Mr Vaughan.

“Given that almost 60 per cent of employers who provide apprenticeships believe that this creates a ‘win-win situation’ – as both the employer and the employee gain from the arrangement – it is disappointing that more contractors do not have the confidence to take on apprentices, and so inject new blood into the sector.”

The LSC survey was conducted in January and February this year and showed that 83 per cent of respondents relied on apprenticeship programmes to provide the skilled
workers they need for the future.

Two-thirds of respondents claimed they would struggle to find trained staff with the skills they need without apprenticeship programmes.

Furthermore, 59 per cent of respondents reported that training apprentices was more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59 per cent believing apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs.

Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association

Learning and Skills Council