Thought you’d like to know that I was absolutely delighted to read your article on the new Heritage Apprentice Standard apprentice scheme planned for 2018 in the 12 July issue of CCW.
The recent government reforms have at long last given employers the opportunity to not only develop apprentice programmes that are fit for purpose, but crucially develop programmes that will attract and retain young people in to the industry. Everyone recognises that this is business that is critical to the future of our industry and hobby.
Our experience, which is contrary to the popular – and completely incorrect – myths about young school-leavers, is that once young people are engaged, they are usually enthusiastic, energetic, highly motivated and contribute enormously to the workplace.
As an employer group set up under the government’s ground-breaking reforms in 2014, we have more than 150 positive young people on our programme, so I am speaking from an evidence-based platform.
As chairman of an employer group that has successfully had a new multi-skilled apprentice standard for vehicle body repairer approved and is developing one other, in addition to supporting five other apprentice trailblazer groups, through you I would be more than happy for you to pass on my details and would be delighted to do all I could to support the group developing the new and much welcome Heritage Engineering Standard. Chris Oliver, Managing Director, Fix Auto Dagenham, Essex