Lovely work by students from Gosford Hill school in Kidlington, today in our workshop.

We welcome the announcement in today’s Autumn Budget of a further increase in the Minimum Wage rates for apprentices.  The new minimum level will be £3.90 per hour from April 2019 and applies those aged 16-18 and those aged 19+ in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Anything that puts more pounds in apprentices’ pockets is ok by us!!

We also like the news that employer contributions towards apprenticeship training is to be cut from 10% to 5%. This will be welcomed by the employers that we work with, for sure.

 

A new report into how the construction industry must develop and harness digital technologies needed to adapt to change and ensure it can deliver growth and quality needed in the future.

Read it in full here.

 

 

We were ever so proud of the success of number of our employers at the recent JACKfm Brick Awards which took place at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  We are known for our award-winning apprentices so it is now fantastic to have the success of some of our employers recognised in this way.

All three of the finalists in the Business of the Year award, sponsored by Sportif Citroën, are brilliant local construction companies working with us to train apprentices.  The award was open to businesses with less than 15 employees and the finalists were:

Cottonwood Interiors

Leon Construction OC

Wain & Francis Ltd

Not an easy decision to make, they are all brilliant but the award was given to the fine folk at Cottonwood.

There was consolation for Leon Construction though as Ted Owen and Leon O’Callaghan won the ‘Best Boss’ award.  A brilliant achievement, and we are sure all the apprentices they’ve trained up would agree.  Find out more about some of them here.

We are also remarkably proud of Max Berry from Paul Tew Construction Ltd for being a worthy finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by Anglia Tool Centre.

Pics from a very exciting evening here.  Well done to all finalists!

 

 

According to this article, the government is to review the apprenticeship levy to try to stimulate growth in apprenticeship starts including in the construction sector where starts have fallen by more than 10% since its introduction. This includes increasing the amount of levy-funds that can be transferred by an employer to other companies, from the current 10% to 25% from April 2019.

Also significant is the commitment to accelerating the development and introduction of new Apprenticeship Standards and switching off of all existing Frameworks by August 2020.