Essex County Council has created 30 new apprenticeships in the ventilation, refrigeration and heating industry.
The sector was chosen as an area of special focus within the Essex apprenticeship programme as the current economic climate faced by the industry has meant companies are unable to support an apprentice.
This project will support the heating, ventilation and refrigeration industry in Essex by providing a wage subsidy to employers who take on an apprentice.
Apprentices bring many benefits to businesses:
- Apprentices help businesses harness new talent to ensure it has the necessary skills for future growth
- Research shows that when qualified, apprentices are more likely to stay with their employer, have more drive and commitment, and often motivate their colleagues
- Apprenticeships help to keep key specialist skills that are essential for the future of the industry alive and often bring new ideas and innovation to businesses
County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Member with responsibility for apprenticeships said: “It’s vitally important for us as a county council to recognise and support industry sectors that help our economy to thrive.
“The effects of the 2008 / 2009 recession are still being keenly felt by companies operating in certain sectors and businesses are struggling to balance the needs of day-to-day demands and investment in the future.
“By offering apprenticeship places we are not only providing opportunities for young people and businesses throughout the county, but we are placing Essex on a path to a prosperous future.”