Housing provider's scheme reaches 500 trained apprentices landmark
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
A training centre run by a housing provider has reached a landmark of having trained 500 apprentices.
whg's Skills Centre trains apprentices in everything from bricklaying, carpentry and plumbing to electrics and renewable energy.
The centre in Walsall, taken on by whg in 2003, features fully-equipped workshops which allow apprentices to combine learning hands-on skills from a team of specialist trainers and assessors with on-site working with their employer.
The Skills Centre is fully accredited by City & Guilds, CITB and CSkills meaning apprentices combine formal qualifications and training.
Kal Painter, from Bentley, completed a plumbing apprenticeship at the Skills Centre in 2009 and has since gone on to set up his own successful Walsall-based business, KP Plumbing and Heating. He recently took on his own apprentice who is currently training at the Skills Centre.
The 25-year-old said: “The Skills Centre plays such an important role in training young people and getting them a vital first step onto the career ladder. In my case it was crucial in me going on to achieve what I have and setting up on my own.
“I wanted to learn a trade and came across the Skills Centre by chance when I was 16 and managed to get onto a plumbing apprenticeship.
“What was so great about the centre was that it allowed you to learn your trade first-hand from experts who know the job inside out. The environment allows you pick up skills that are sometimes hard to pick up on the job.
“Having seen the invaluable work the Skills Centre does I have taken on an apprentice who is now training there. I’m delighted to be able to give that back - without the solid foundation I got from the centre I wouldn’t be in a position to do that.”
John Martin, operations manager at the Skills Centre, said: “We are delighted and very proud to have trained so many apprentices.
“In what is a difficult job market an apprenticeship can be a vital first step onto the ladder for young people.
“The apprentices that come through the Skills Centre pick up vital training, skills and accredited qualifications which will be on their CV forever.”