Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA) recently announced its commitment to boost apprenticeships by making a fund of £100,000 available to the hire industry. As we enter National Apprenticeship Week the association is working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to promote work experience and apprenticeship programmes as part of its Future Hirers initiative.
The Apprentice Boost Funding is available to HAE EHA members with a turnover of less £1m in the hope that it will help smaller businesses make the leap and employ an apprentice, adding value to their organisation. The £100k Apprentice Boost funding and Future Hirers are just two initiatives HAE EHA are promoting within the hire industry in a bid to attract talented people into this thriving sector. There are numerous opportunities for those wanting to work and learn new skills.
HAE EHA have been running an Apprenticeship Programme since January 2013 with 34 apprentices signing up to the programme over six intakes in that period. With the seventh intake about to begin HAE EHA have more than 30 young people taking part, with an eighth intake planned for October this year. The majority of the completed apprenticeships signed up to the scheme have gone on to secure jobs within the hire sector and are subsequently progressing well in their chosen careers.
Graham Arundell, HAE EHA managing director discusses how the association is working with DWP to promote apprenticeships in the hire industry following the announcement in the autumn statement regarding the new Apprenticeship Levy:
“We are delighted to be working with DWP to highlight what the hire sector has to offer. I’ve just written to Nick Boles MP, the Skills Minister, to press for more certainty in the lead up to the Apprenticeship Levy and to set out the hire contribution in providing opportunities for work and career progression.”
The levy will come into effect in April 2017 and will be applied to all industries in the UK. For more information about how the new levy will affect the construction industry visit CITB’s website and search Apprenticeship Levy or visit www.hae.org.uk/apprenticehshiplevy for the factsheet.
During National Apprenticeship Week HAE EHA will be using social media to promote opportunities available in the hire industry by partnering with DWP for a ‘Take over Day’ on Thursday 17th March. For further information follow us on twitter @HireAssociation using the hashtags #FutureHirers #HireApprenticeships.
Anne Pavey, senior employer relationship manager, DWP describes the importance of employers working together to promote apprenticeship programmes:
“Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to earn as you learn. Working closely with industry and employers we can open doors for our jobseekers to take that first step into the world of work and gain the skills and knowledge needed to build their career. The Hire industry offers great prospects and we can raise its profile to those who might not otherwise consider hire as a career path.”
National Apprenticeship Week is 14 – 18 March 2016.