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Apprenticeship Week – appeals for apprentices

SummitSkills is encouraging employers to mark the fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 February) by helping to identify the best of the best apprentices in the sector through its Skill M&E competitions.

The organisation is the sector skills council for the building services engineering (BSE) sector, representing the electrotechnical, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration and plumbing industries.

SummitSkills has just launched its 2012 Skill M&E competitions - a suite of four skills competitions (SkillELECTRIC, SkillFRIDGE, SkillPIPE and SkillPLUMB), that search for the very best mechanical and electrical engineers.

The competitions are open to all but are targeted at those people who are employed, currently studying or have completed their studies within the last 12 months.

The apprentices who make it into the Skill M&E competitions could be in with the chance of being named ‘best in the UK’ in their skill area.

Outstanding competitors from this year’s competitions may also be invited to compete for a place in the UK team that represents the country at the international skills competition WorldSkills in Leipzig, Germany, in 2013.

The National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) is also supporting National Apprenticeship Week.

Throughout the week, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website will feature quotes from employers and their apprentices, including NSCC members, explaining why they are ‘with apprenticeships’.

NSCC is committed to facilitating apprenticeship opportunities for Specialist Contractors and the NSCC Apprenticeship Roll of Honour features more than 55 NSCC members who employ apprentices.

For more information on the Skill and M and E competitions visit www.skillMandE.org.uk or call 01908 303972.