The smart route to upskilling – could your business benefit?

Introducing a new 19+ programme, training provider Logic4training is calling employers to solve the skills shortage by taking on an apprentice. With over 20 years’ experience training plumbers, heating engineers and electricians, the company is well-placed to support the next generation of building services installers.

training provider Logic4training is calling employers to solve the skills shortage by taking on an apprentice

Scheduled for launch this summer at its Northolt centre, the first apprenticeships will be in Gas Engineering and Smart Metering.

An affordable way to nurture new talent, Logic4training apprenticeships offer year-round provision so apprentices can start at a time to suit the employer, as well as small class sizes to deliver the best possible training experience.

Logic4training will offer a block-release model, with the in-centre training time and content tailored, where possible, to the needs of a business.

Course trainers are ex-industry and the training will be completed in 1–2 week segments so that the apprentice returns to the workplace with skills that can be utilised straight away.

Mutually beneficial

Mark Krull, Director for Logic4training, said: “We are excited to launch our new apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for both the apprentice and the employer – a mutually beneficial arrangement which allows businesses to cost-effectively upskill someone to meet their specific needs, while the trainee ‘earns while they learn’.

“Statistically, an apprentice is far more likely to stay with an employer after training is complete. “As experienced training providers to existing installers, we understand the demands of working in the trades and have designed our apprenticeships accordingly by providing flexible start times, support with recruitment and options for employers with a number of apprentices, for example.

“We also offer all the add-on courses required for a future-proof business, such as heat pump training.”

Megan Killen, Head of Apprenticeships at Logic4training, added: “Apprenticeships are a tried, tested and affordable model for bringing in new talent. Larger organisations pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, which covers the price of training and smaller businesses pay just 5% towards this cost.

“Apprentices must be paid a minimum wage, but, at the end of the process, you have someone fully qualified and well-versed in the culture of your organisation. We look after the training element and support both the learner and their employer throughout.

Mark concluded: “Overall, the building services sector is experiencing a massive skills shortage. A recent report suggested we need a 78% increase in plumbing and heating apprentices to meet demand for low carbon heating upgrades.

“Hopefully we can encourage employers to contribute to this uplift.”