Equipment industry opens door to young talent

Trade bodies CESA, CEDA and the FCSI have collectively given their commitment to securing up to 75 apprenticeships among their small and medium sized members.

The pledge comes in the wake of the Holt Review’s recommendations that trade associations play a bigger role in the promotion of apprenticeships.

Senior figures in the catering equipment industry have long expressed concerns that there is a lack of young talent coming into the market, so this move will go some way to getting the ball rolling.

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Grants of £1,500 per apprentice are available to companies taking on apprentices between 16 and 24-years-old. The grant is open to businesses with up to 1,000 employees who have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.

CESA’s chairman, Nick Oryino, said the association was delighted to take a lead in the initiative and to fully engage with the National Apprenticeship Service.

“There is an acute need for well-trained and effective people to join our workforce, whether in office roles or in equipment service and manufacturing,” he said. “For young adults considering an Apprenticeship, ours is a dynamic industry that offers rewarding, fulfilling careers.”

Recent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research highlighted how apprenticeships can boost productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base.

The average employee completing an apprenticeship increased business productivity by £214 per week, according to the study.

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The demand for Apprenticeships from young people has never been stronger, while thousands of new businesses are introducing Apprenticeships every month as they look to attract and develop young talent.”

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