As a smaller or mid-sized business, it can be difficult to find the resources and funding to spend on upskilling your workforce or recruiting fresh talent. The CITB levy is used to specifically support construction workers and ensure the industry invests in the skilled workforce that it needs, both now and in the future.
Training an apprentice not only allows you to access levy funding but also to train a new recruit to your company ethos, creating a skilled, loyal addition to your team and future-proofing your organisation. Many construction companies are not aware of the available funding or registered to receive it.
The Unique Challenges to Construction
The construction industry has unique challenges and demands. Attracting and inspiring recruits, developing a site-ready workforce and investing in training and vocational qualifications are recognised recurring issues. Construction now has more than a million small and mid-sized employers across the UK, making them essential contributors to the economy and workforce. However, many firms struggle with low profit margins, making the necessary investment difficult.
Recruiting an apprentice is one of the most cost-effective ways to expand your business, develop skill-sets and maintain industry standards and qualifications.
The key benefits of recruiting an apprentice:
- Apprenticeship funding (further details below)
- Skilled construction work and vocational qualifications
- Help your new recruit earn while they learn
- Inject fresh talent into your team
- Be inclusive and diverse
- The most cost-effective training
- Tailor your new recruit to your firm
An inspiring 80% of construction employers said that apprentices have improved their business. Impressive stuff, but you can also access apprenticeship funding, eradicating one of the biggest industry challenges – investment.
Your Skilled Construction Workforce of Tomorrow
From the 1st of April 2019, new apprentices at all levels will be entitled to grant rates. Employers can receive as much as £10K for much-needed skills and training. You will need to register for CITB grants and pay the levy fee – but this is more than outweighed by the available construction levy funding.
You can apply for intermediate, advanced and higher construction apprenticeships, for example, Level 2 NVQ Diploma in building maintenance, multi-trade repair and refurbishment operations. It covers a range of skills including carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, wall and floor tiling, plastering and roofing or trowel occupations such as bricklaying or stonemasonry - allowing individuals to work as multi-skilled operatives upon completion of the qualification.
TRN is a national training provider committed to delivering learning programmes across the construction industry - working with you to fully understand your training and development needs. We offer a wide range of training courses covering multiple sectors which enable learners to achieve nationally recognised diploma, NVQ and QCF qualifications. To review the broad range of construction training programmes available, please click here.
Fully funded or co-funded (partially funded by the government and the rest by the employer) course funding may be available to support learning and training. We offer competitive rates so where no funding is available, you can still access the training you need.
TRN offer a unique FREE recruitment service, saving on the large fees associated with finding and attracting talent. Your dedicated account manager will guide you through the process, ensuring it is simple, transparent and meets your aims.
If you would like to upskill your construction firm with an apprentice and take advantage of levy funding, please get in touch with one of the TRN team.
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