Apprentices Meeting Skills Gaps in the South West

01 June 2017 | Apprentices

Industrial and structural solutions company, Actavo, has worked in partnership with City College to recruit 12 apprentices with the primary aim of filling a significant skills gap in the South West.

Working at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth the Actavo staff members have begun a two-year programme to achieve industrial painting applications at NVQ level 2.

Lee Roberts, Actavo Site Manager said: “We found it challenging to find suitably qualified staff for commercial painting of the warships in the Dockyard, and so had to recruit agency workers from outside the region. Employing apprentices has now meant that we have been able to begin filling this gap and train all 12 to meet our business needs. The apprentices have recently completed their first reviews and are thoroughly enjoying their training.

“The two-year course gives the apprentices the chance to learn new skills, develop existing talents and gain nationally recognised qualifications. The programme comprises on-the-job training using a buddy and mentor system, allowing them to learn their trades from experienced and qualified individuals, together with attending the College one day a week.

“Once qualified in this trade, our apprentices will have the chance to earn more money and, at the same time, support our local economy. We are hoping to run another cohort in September which may be an opportunity for not only internal Actavo staff, but may be promoted externally.”

“This is what Apprenticeships are all about – bridging skills gaps and keeping qualified workers within the region,” said Sean Gibson, Key Account Manager at City College. “We are so pleased to have been able to meet Actavo’s business needs and help these 12 individuals onto a new career path.”

Apprenticeships have never been a more attractive proposition for employers. Through an Apprenticeship, an individual will not only gain valuable skills that will benefit their own career, but also the training programme supports the growth and development of the employer’s business. Training can be tailored to meet the requirements of a specific job role or the needs of the organisation and can be used to upskill and retrain existing members of staff.

To find out about Apprenticeships and the range of full and part-time courses, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 14 June, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. For more information, please visit or call 01752 305300.

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