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Byline: Jon Griffin

YOUNG Birmingham apprentices are celebrating stepping on to the jobs ladder with Midland contractors thanks to a successful training initative.

More than 15 trainees can look forward to a brighter future after the region's leading provider of electrical installation training, Birmingham Electrical Training (BET), put The Employer Grant scheme into action.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) announced a new grant scheme in January offering an Employer Grant in a bid to make it easier for employers to take on young apprentices.

BET immediately called on West Midland contractors in the region, after revealing a 70 per cent drop in contractors taking on young apprentices earlier in the year, to create new opportunities for desperate young apprentices. The Employer Grant offered contractors pounds 2,500 as an incentive to take on unemployed 16 -17 yearold apprentices.

It successfully placed over 15 apprentices at leading West Midlands electrical contractors, which include Mpass Electrical, Breese & Earle Electrical Services and MSE Electrical Services.

Sue and John Sims, husband and wife directors behind BET, have secured one of the highest amounts of apprentice placements as part of the scheme.

"Employers in the West Midlands were forced to shut their doors to apprentices due to the lasting effects from the 2009 recession," said Sue.

"This caused a major drop in the region, which left many young apprentices without an employer to undertake their apprenticeship.

"As soon as the Employer Grant was announced, we took action immediately to offer the incentive to secure employers for our young people, who through no fault of their own were out of work and waiting to start an apprenticeship.

"The real risk the region faced was a major skills shortage in the electrical installation sector."

Birmingham Electrical Training has been providing work-based learning and training in the electrical installation sector for over 20 years.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 12, 2010
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