Many Unite members will be aware that one of the consequences of the Carillion liquidation has been the release of around 1,400 apprentices part way through their training, While the number of mechanical and electrical (M&E) apprentices affected has been comparatively small, JTL, the Building Services Engineering sector’s charitable industry training provider, established by ECA (Electrical Contractors Association) and Unite the Union, has been working hard to place them with new employers.
JTL has advised the industry that there are still 28 part-qualified ex-Carillion M&E apprentices still looking for a new employer. These are made up of one plumbing, one engineering maintenance, 20 electrotechnical and six heating and ventilating apprentices. The apprentices are based around the country, including the Midlands (9), South West (9), North West (5), London (2), Yorkshire (2) and South Wales (1).
One electrotechnical apprentice studying at Bracknell and Wokingham College is in their fourth year, while the others are fairly evenly balanced between their third, second and first years of study.
JTL considers this to be a group of very promising young people, who deserve a new opportunity.
JTL, as a charity are able to provide a financial incentive for employers through an “Adoption Grant” where they can award up to £1,500 in respect of any JTL apprentice who is made redundant and taken on by a new employer.
Unite reps and members in Electrical Contracting, Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services, HVAC and Building Services Engineering are encouraged to speak to their employers regarding potential opportunities for these young people. Employers interested in finding out more should contact the JTL Engagement Team by calling 01978 665401, extension 2433.
More information can also be found at the JTL website here: https://www.jtltraining.com/news/jtl-supports-its-apprentices-through-carillion-collapse/
In regard to the ongoing situation for Carillion apprentices in Building and Civil Engineering occupations, the CITB have been working hard to find suitable alternative placements, including also offering adoption grant support to potential new employers. More information regarding Carillion apprentices with the CITB can found here: https://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/uk/2018/citb-statement-on-carillion/