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National Apprenticeship Week – Take on a Trade Buddy?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 13th March 2013

So its national apprenticeship week so there has never been a better time to take on an apprentice and give something back to others trying to start out in your industry.  A recent survey by ConstructionSkills showed that the construction industry is going to need 50,000 more workers every year over the next few years. These workers will need to come into the industry and work their way up via apprenticeships.

However there is still a massive shortfall in the number of apprenticeship places with up to 70 applicants for each place. We get calls all the time from guys looking to do our 2357 course, however they need a job to complete the NVQ units. As such the majority of the students who train with us tend to take our City & Guilds 2365 Course. This course covers the same content as the 2357 and allows the trainees to get certified for the training they do. Most will then use this training to gain employment either during or after the course.

These students are prime candidates for an apprenticeship as essentially the come ready trained and have shown the drive and desire to make it in the industry. They have all taken a huge leap of faith investing much time and money to get qualified with no guarantees that they will find a job at the end of it. However this investment usually pays off and the majority of guys that complete the 2365 course find employment shortly after or during the course in a wide variety of industries. As well as the obvious construction companies we have had students also find work in film and stage productions as well as the growing renewable energy market.

So we are trying to do our bit. We have set up www.trade-buddy.co.uk. The idea behind this website is for students to advertise themselves for apprenticeships, work placements or even low paid jobs that will allow them to put into practice what they have learnt. Remember all of these guys have been trained by us to the highest standards and have again invested a lot of time and effort into making a step on the path of a new career. So why not take a look at Trade Buddy and see if you can help any of these guys out.

At the end of the day you will get an extra pair of hands which will cost very little if not work for free just to get some experience. You never know, you may end up finding them so useful you could start to take on more work and earn more money, you may even end up working with them full time. Who knows?

I recently heard a saying “The future belongs to the few of us willing to get our hands dirty” and these guys are more than willing to do that!


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