Leeds College of Building is now offering the Interior Systems Installer Apprenticeship, focusing specifically on the drylining pathway. This is a Level 2 qualification and typically takes two years to complete.

Working in partnership with British Gypsum to deliver the course, it includes the supply of materials, training and keeping apprentices up-to-date with product development. If you are interested, get in touch with the Apprenticeship Team on 0113 222 6041 or email wbl@lcb.ac.uk For full details click here.

Key facts
Where will the apprentice study?
Leeds College of Building

Funding band: £1400, non-levy employer contribution £700

Apprentices start: Sept 2020, however early demand could bring the first wave forward to February 2020.

Apprenticeship Training Costs: If you are an apprenticeship levy-payer you could fund this course through your levy payments, and for non-levy payers you will be required to contribute 5% of the course cost. If you are a non-levy payer and have less than 50 employees and take on a 16-18 year old apprentice the course will be free. Regardless of whether you are a levy/non-levy paying company, you can claim a one-off incentive of £1,000 for taking on a 16-18 year old apprentice.

The college will also support apprentices from out of the area by accommodating them free of charge in a city centre hotel whilst they are in college and also help with the travel costs.

With around 60,000 Dryliners active in the UK, Drylining must, as a trade be one of the UK’s best kept secrets.  Everybody knows what a plasterer or a carpenter is, but you often get blank looks when you talk about drylining.  The fact is that drylining is now emerging as one of the key trades in construction.  It is encouraging to see leading colleges like Leeds evidencing this by getting behind it.  We now have a new Apprenticeship Standard, new providers and the new funding allows real flexibility about age of apprentices.  We are also seeing significant increases in the CITB funding available for companies who take on apprentices – this is over and above the funding that you can get to cover the training.  This is a huge opportunity to make 2020 the year of the apprentice, for the sector to embrace this standard as a catalyst for change, to revisit how we invest in training and work with colleges and providers to put drylining firmly on the careers map.

Iain McIlwee, FIS chief executive