On National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we round up initiatives that FM service providers have launched for the next generation of recruits.
Mitie has begun a new apprenticeship programme for its technical services business to support 50 new technical apprentices in 2021. The programme will offer a range of technical apprenticeships including electrical or mechanical engineering, to individuals starting their careers in FM. The apprenticeships will last between three and four years, with colleagues combining their studies with on-the-job working at Mitie’s client sites.
Compass Group UK and Ireland has used its apprenticeship levy to fund five apprentices at St Ann’s Hospice, Greater Manchester. The levy transfer will fund two apprentice production chefs, two apprentice healthcare cleaning operatives and one apprentice HR qualification all taking place over a 12-18 month learning programme. The hospice will develop and upskill five of its existing employees, providing them with an opportunity to obtain a qualification and develop their career.
Facilities services provider phs Group says that more than 150 people have signed up to its apprenticeship programme, which it says are designed to “nurture talent, upskill individuals within the company and boost career progression”. Its apprenticeship programme combines hands-on work with classroom learning that leads to nationally recognised external qualifications. Any employee can apply for its apprenticeships whether they are looking to develop their expertise in their current role or learn new skills in the business.
Sodexo has announced that it is “committed” to transferring £800,000 of its annual apprenticeship levy to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This represents a 25 per cent donation of the company’s £3.3 million government levy to support apprenticeship training. The company said it has so far supported 63 apprentices at SMEs, with more coming on board regularly.
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has called for a review of apprenticeships to better accommodate the flexible workforce. Tania Bowers, legal counsel and head of public policy at APSCo, said: “Training and developing workers is going to be a key part of the future economic growth of the country and in the week that we celebrate apprentices, it’s important to also highlight how this on-the-job learning scheme can be improved to support the more flexible world of work. In our view, it really is important that apprenticeships are extended to contingent workers - including contract professionals – to support this crucially valuable flexible segment of the workforce and help them develop skills in line with the changing business environment.”