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Initial steps up apprenticeship plans

Published 3rd May, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Initial steps up apprenticeship plans

Initial Facilities has announced plans to expand the apprentice programme within its transport division coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week 2013. The company has committed to recruiting 80 new apprentices following the success of pilot schemes during the past two years.

Graham Thwaites, managing director, transport sector at Initial Facilities, said: “We are committed to creating an increasing number of career opportunities for young people. We believe apprenticeships support sustainable growth within the business and can make a major contribution in our ongoing success.”

More than half the apprentices will be located in the capital supporting cleaning and facilities management contracts for the London transport network, with the remainder located at transport hubs nationwide. In particular, 20 employees that joined the transport division last year as part of a Youth Engagement Scheme to support young people back into employment, education or training, will also be enrolled in the programme to provide them with an opportunity to gain a vocational qualification.

Currently, 60 apprentices within the transport division are completing their cleaning and support services level 2 NVQ, NVQ level 2 in team leading or the NVQ in facilities management level 3 qualifications. These technical apprenticeships consist of on and off the job training over a 12-month period, enabling the apprentices to meet industry specific standards as well as benefit from a mix of competency-based learning.

“We recognise that the business can only deliver consistent high standards of service by employing colleagues that are well-managed, well-motivated and well-trained, so we are delighted to introduce this wider initiative within our transport division,” continued Thwaites. “Our people truly are the company's greatest asset, and the training and development of the entire workforce is a priority.”