2022 is going to be a key year for skills for the British economy. The trades skills shortage is expected to continue into this year as demand for home repairs and improvements continues to grow.
For many, that means taking on a new apprentice to train in the skills your business needs. This can be a young school leaver or someone who is older, but looking to change their career by learning new skills.
And thereís no time like the present. The current Government incentives of £3,000 (or £4,000 for taking on 16-18-year-olds) are expected to end on January 31. This money can be put directly towards wages or equipment.
In fact, thereís never been a better time to take on an apprentice. The new Levy Transfer Service means firms can get access to funds to cover training and fees. You can find out more about how this is could work for you over on the HomeServe Foundation website here.
So, what can you do?
- Register with the HomeServe Foundation apprenticeship matching service. The charity is building a service that will make it easier to find apprentices in your area and trade specialism. This will be a free service, all you need to do is register your interest and we will do the rest.
- If youíre in the West Midlands, the Foundation has launched Try a Trade programme with Amazing Apprenticeships thatís working with 19 schools in the region to introduce a career in trades to young people, but also bring in employers who can offer insight into local opportunities.
- Get in touch with the HomeServe Academy to get advice about first steps, or contact your local training college to make a fresh start to 2022.
Go on. New year, new apprentice!