Funding for the right training
“Apprenticeships are great. We had already taken on seven apprentices that year, but this style of learning wasn’t suitable for the circumstances of these more mature and experienced workers,” Administration Assistant Jane Rose explains.
“So we decided to invest in on-site training to bring them up to speed.”
Thanks to regular contact with their local CITB representative, the company was made aware of the funding that they could get for this training.
“Our CITB rep was ever so helpful. She was quick to respond to our questions and guided us through the application process, as well as all the rules and regulations.”
“The process was straightforward, but we couldn’t have managed without her.”
Once the forms were in and approved, the company received £5,000 funding, and the six employees undertook an NVQ 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry), assessed on-site and in class with an accredited training provider.
The qualification covered external work, such as roofing, joisting and erecting timber frames, as well as internal carpentry, such as first and second fix joinery work.
“The training has helped our workforce to grow and gain in confidence,” Jane says.
“They feel trained to a high level, and able to carry out daily tasks which improve their skills, their interest in the job and ultimately productivity; without this funding none of this would have happened.”
The whole thing was so successful that the company applied for, and received, funding the following year too, for four more employees.
“The whole process was even faster and easier the second time around. And the continuing training is helping us to fill our skills gap, improve performance and retain our people.”
As if that wasn’t enough, one of the original six employees is now being trained as a contracts manager.
“His career is leaping forward, an opportunity originally created by CITB-funded training.”