A pilot scheme is being launched by the JTL charity, in conjunction with BPEC and the Carl Burrows Trust (CBT), to provide a bridge for school leavers prior to starting work, further education or as an ideal entry route to an apprenticeship.
Companies offering a four week work experience placement will not have any financial obligations, as trainees supported by JTL will be provided with to and from work travel expenses. Workwear including basic PPE will also be supplied by the JTL, BPEC and CBT partnership.
Businesses providing work experience are requested to provide appropriate levels of supervision and care for trainees.
The only other obligation is for trainees to be offered interview experience for any relevant job vacancies at the end of the course.
Managed by JTL, the first four weeks of the course will provide trainees with instruction on health and safety, communication and confidence building exercises.
Emphasis will also be placed on achieving the necessary standards of Mathematics and English. Following this initial period of in centre training those on the programme will have attained the site safety CSCS card and a good understanding conduct and interaction in the workplace.
It is expected that the initial group will consist of between 10 and 12 trainees, aged between 16 and 19, who are not engaged in either full-time education courses or other work.
JTL reports it has conducted previous exercises in the Birmingham area with 60 students resulting in very encouraging results with over 80% subsequently securing employment or moving into full time FE.
If the pilot scheme is successful, it will be followed by further courses in 2016 to encourage more young people to enter the building services sector.
Companies requiring more information or wishing to provide work experience are requested to contact JTL on 0800 0852 308
One of the main features of the nine week course, due to start in November, is four weeks work experience with either a plumbing and heating company or an associated supply chain organisation such as a manufacturer or wholesaler who are able to offer work experience within a reasonable commute of Orpington. Nicky Burrows of The Carl Burrows Trust is helping with work placements.