Webinar: Flexi-Job Apprenticeships
Date: 4 July 2023
CoTrain – Flexi-Job Apprenticeships allow you to train for short periods without the employment and training provider commitment
CoTrain were formed in 2013 with the support of CITB to help create another work stream to engage with young or not so young people as a pathway into the Construction Industry. CoTrain will employ the apprentice on a PAYE contract for the full length of their apprenticeship. We also register the apprenticeship with Government and organise an appropriate Training Provider and liaise with all stakeholders to make sure the process is as smooth as possible for all concerned. We need industry partners to collaborate with to get those very important on-site skills and knowledge. For a fixed weekly fee, we will loan you an apprentice for a minimum of 6 months to work alongside you on a project and all we ask is you teach them those real-life skills they need to become competent in the industry. We know it works because we have had 300+ apprentices over the years that have become qualified and 98% of them are still working in the industry and many have continued further training with their new employers.
We recruit to order “were not a labour agency” and work very hard to keep our apprentices in a placement/s full time. “If they’re not working, they’re not learning or earning”.
Typically, we place apprentices with Contractors that are trying to meet local authority targets for a project, or a contractor that only employs staff on a self-employed basis. Or maybe you’re working outside your normal geo-graphical area, and you have been told to recruit local to that area but you’re only going to be there for 6 to 9 months. CoTrain can help you overcome these barriers. We will also record the Social Value that this adds which the main contractor maybe asking you for as part of the tender process.
Do you want to pass on your skills to the next generation so that we sustain our own industry? Is this a way you can give back to the industry? We cover Hampshire, W.Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and we can sign post you to sister companies that cover the rest of the UK who work the same way as we do.
Programme Director, CoTrain
Mark completed an electrical apprenticeship in the early/mid 1980’s. He then went onto work in the Electronics industry for 15 years where many of the skills he learnt in construction were still relevant at home and abroad. He returned to the construction industry via CITB as an Apprenticeship Officer for 15 years until he decided CoTrain was an exciting project to help engage with new entrants into our industry. He is passionate about training the next generation correctly and expects everything he does or says should benefit the apprentice or the industry in some way. Collaboration is key as it only works if CoTrain can partner with good training providers and even better construction companies and their talented workforce. He firmly believes that only together can we make that real difference to individuals and the industry.