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Employers collaborate to take on 50 young cleaning apprentices

Published 13th April, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Employers collaborate to take on 50 young cleaning apprentices

Cleaning and facilities management employers are being urged to take part in a new scheme offering cleaning apprenticeships to young people.

The programme is being run by the training arm of FM and support services company Jarvis, which has funding for 50 apprentices aged 16 to 18 years on the Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship. Other employers who have signed up along with Jarvis to offer work placements and jobs as part of the project include Keir, Ecovert, G4S and Interserve. Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for facilities management and cleaning, is calling on employers to get involved to ensure the success of the first phase, which started in April.

“This is really good news for young people especially at a time of high unemployment,” said Karen Waterlow, facilities management and cleaning specialist at Asset Skills. “The new Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship is an excellent first step in to a range of rewarding careers in the cleaning and FM industries. It is encouraging to see employers collaborating on skills and we would urge others who can offer an apprentice the chance of good quality work experience and a job at the end of it to get involved.”

Jarvis will employ the apprentices for the period of the programme which will be delivered in 22 weeks and the host employer will need to provide minimum of 16 hours work each week. Jarvis will cover all employment costs, other than PPE and on-site supervision. Jarvis will deliver all the training on site and will offer all the apprentices a completion bonus as an incentive to stay on programme.

Employers are being sought all over England but particularly in the following cities - Sunderland, Liverpool, Sheffield, Oldham, Birmingham and London, where pilots are already planned. There is flexibility on other locations - particularly if an employer can offer a number of places.

Employers may be involved in the recruitment of the apprenticeship if they wish and will be asked to provide a commitment to continue the young person’s employment (providing they are suitable) after the 22 week period has been completed. This will potentially be a rolling programme with the first pilot starting in April. Employers can indicate interest for future phases should they wish.

Asset Skills is supporting this pilot for collaborative employer working and is looking at such innovative models as part of plans for a ‘virtual skills academy’ for FM. It is keen to hear from employers interested in progressing the Jarvis scheme and the idea of a virtual skills academy.

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