New Year - New Apprentice?!

  • Lauren's Avatar
    Community Manager
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    Hey everyone,

    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 there’s 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, there’s 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 you’re in the West Midlands, the Foundation has launched Try a Trade programme with Amazing Apprenticeships that’s 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!
  • 3 Replies

  • ToolTalk1's Avatar
    Level 20
    i think the next generation of tradespeople are the future of our countries economy.

    whilst i agree with more apprenticeships
    keeping those that start 1 is as important!!
    many many drop out.

    A few years back i started my college roadshow visiting colleges and talking with the learners!

    i would talk about skills & tools & what materials I use.
    give away products when the learners answer questions correct.

    Ive suggested many times to checkatrade that a road show of different trades go in the road visiting colleges to inspire the learner
  • Lauren's Avatar
    Community Manager
    Hey @ToolTalk1

    I absolutely agree! How do you get on with the roadshows, do you find you get much interest with the students? How many do you get to chat to?

    Have you seen this post here >>
  • ToolTalk1's Avatar
    Level 20
    i would in effect take the day over for the learners

    it was so rewarding to give something back to the next generation.
    ​​​​​​​sometimes 10 to 20 learners would attend