For this month’s column, I’d like to ask two direct questions and would welcome your thoughts and answers either by writing to the editor, or by emailing me directly.
I’ve been asked by my marketing colleagues whether videos would help me in my role as a trainer, whether that is for air conditioning or for heat pumps.
Whilst I believe that videos can be a very useful learning tool, I still believe in a hands-on approach so I’d really appreciate your thoughts on the matter.
Businesses of all sizes should be thinking about taking on apprentices now.
Not only is Government funding available that will cover two thirds of the training costs, but there is a completely new industry-led Apprenticeship programme coming on board that is designed to ensure trainees have the skills to deal with both today’s and tomorrow’s industry needs.
Gordon Duncan, IOR Project Manager for Youth Engagement, explains how the Institute of Refrigeration is developing its appeal to young people.
Since 2013, when the Institute of Refrigeration launched its “Youth Engagement Project”, working with young people and students, it became a major agenda item for the IOR. As an industry, it has been estimated that only 10% of the workforce are aged between 18 and 24. This represents a risk to the future of the industry to make sure there is the right level of talent coming through.
The IOR Youth Engagement project was set up to combine the efforts of various industry initiatives and schemes and offer a single point of contact through the IOR to encourage interactivity and sharing of expertise and successes in engaging more young people in this rewarding career.
Steve Dixey, Mechanical Instructor from engineering training business, HETA, explores how to choose and keep apprentices.
These days almost everyone has a smartphone of some description and most manufacturers are aware of this and are developing Apps that aim to help engineers answer queries or get the information they need at their fingertips whilst they are out in ‘the field’, working on live projects.
By Ben Bartle-Ross, Technical Trainer, Mitsubishi Electric
Steve Dixey from engineering training company, HETA, explains how hiring well trained young engineers can help your business grow and compete.
On 21st August 2015, The Prime Minister announced plans to increase the number of apprentice places offered by big business and especially SME’s and also look at funding these places.
From our perspective as a work-based engineering training provider, SME’s have been the toughest place to recruit apprentices for even with funding available with every young person. A larger number of apprentices for smaller companies are coming on-board, compared to the numbers that have traditionally come from our “Blue Chip” clients. These SME’s recognise that if they are to grow or even just compete, they must recruit and retain young people with the ideas to carry the company through into the future markets.