Sup­port­ing ap­pren­tice­ships

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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

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