Building Engineering Services Training has announced a partnership formed as part of its expansion of services for the UK’s building engineering services sector.
A strategic alliance between BEST and ATL was confirmed this month signed by BEST CEO Dr Mark Brenner and ATL Managing Director, Nick Hayward.
This follows the successful launch of the new ATL centre in Belfast at the end of 2011 developed in conjunction with BEST joint venture company Plumbing and Mechanical Services Training for the Northern Ireland market.
Dr Brenner describes the new alliance with ATL as “offering both our employers and learners access to a wider range of training and technology delivered in state of the art training centres.”
“ATL’s impressive track record on quality and service matches our own and their vision to create a national network of large centres providing quality, accessibility and value is welcomed for our sector.”
Within this alliance BEST apprenticeship programmes are supplemented with technical training from selected ATL centres and ATL programmes now have added work based learning and assessment capability from the BEST national assessment team.
A major new initiative has been created from this alliance to allow unemployed people the chance of a work readiness and introduction to working programme for the building engineering service sector as part a pre-apprenticeship scheme.
Candidates undertake training over a 16 week period, complemented by work experience placements, during which they are provided with basic skills and health & safety training. Successful learners are invited to interviews at the end of the programme with employers that could lead to a full time role as an apprentice.
Andrea Sharp, the project manager at BEST, reports uptake and interest at the first two Featherstone and Worcester centres as very encouraging and exceeding initial expectation. “Employers and learners are responding positively to this ‘try before you buy’ approach for both parties and see it as providing a steady pipeline of informed and work ready apprentice applicants.”