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Construction training courses and/or apprenticeships are available at the following colleges: Derby College Apprenticeships

T: 01332 387421 E: apprenticeships@derby-college.ac.uk W: www.derby-college.ac.uk The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 8JE

Eastleigh College report supports boosting apprenticeship numbers, it also shows they must be good quality and targeted at the skills employers need to increase productivity. High quality construction apprenticeships are vital to building the homes and infrastructure our economy needs. “A target for apprenticeship starts helps to raise its profile but it must take into account employer demand to ensure funding is targeted where it can have the greatest impact.” q

Mixed reception for Apprenticeship Levy details [IN AUGUST THE government published further details of the new

Apprenticeship Levy, which will come into force next year. Responding for the construction industry, Steve Radley, director of policy at CITB said: “This announcement brings mixed news for construction, but it’s good that Government has responded to what we said on the challenges faced by smaller firms.” That good news included the amount small businesses have to pay. “The co-investment rate for non-levy payers is lower than expected, at 10%, with the remaining 90% covered by funds raised by the levy. It’s also encouraging to see that smaller firms will be exempt from coinvestment if they take on a 16-18 year old apprentice. With more than half of all construction apprentices under the age of 19, this is a win for the industry. Companies of all sizes will also appreciate the £1,000 incentive for taking on one of these younger learners.” He sounded a note of caution regarding proposed funding bands. “There is still work to do to make sure funding bands reflect the actual costs of training, so that apprenticeships are affordable for companies of all sizes. We will seek further clarification from Government on how the bands have been set, and together with industry, set out the likely impact on construction firms and their ability to take on apprentices.” Looking forward to the future, he said: “We will now work with Government to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy works for the construction industry. Today’s proposals will inform our on-going work to reshape the CITB grants scheme, so that it supports the most-needed skills and helps employers take on the apprentices construction vitally needs.” CITB’s head of apprenticeships Steve Hearty said: “We support the new, employer-designed standards, because we think they will improve the quality of apprenticeships, and it is encouraging to note that Government states these will be funded at a higher rate than those recently published. However, no standards for construction have yet been approved and we are still working under the existing frameworks system and may well continue beyond 2017. “Even with the sector-beneficial STEM increases to funding, the Government’s proposed funding bands will cut funding for construction apprenticeships by between 20-30%. “We are concerned that training providers could stop training or they could ask employers to make up the shortfall in cost, which might deter firms from taking apprentices on.” q

T: 023 8091 1000 E: goplaces@eastleigh.ac.uk W: www.eastleigh.ac.uk Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5FS

Hertford Regional College T: 01992 411400 E: info@hrc.ac.uk W: www.hrc.ac.uk

Broxbourne Campus, Turnford, Herts EN10 6AE

Kendal College

T: 01539 814700 E: enquiries@kendal.ac.uk W: www.kendal.ac.uk Milnthorpe Road, Kendal LA9 5AY

Leeds College of Building

T: 0113 222 6061 E: info@lcb.ac.uk W: www.lcb.ac.uk/higher-education North Street, Leeds LS2 7QT

Lowestoft College

T: 01502 525151 E: apprenticeships@lowestoft.ac.uk W: www.lowestoft.ac.uk St. Peter’s Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 2NB

The Manchester College T: 03333 222 444 E: enquiries@tmc.ac.uk W: www.tmc.ac.uk

Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 2WH

Wakefield College

T: 01924 789789 E: apprenticeships@wakefield.ac.uk W: www.wakefield.ac.uk Wakefield City Campus, Margaret Street, Wakefield WF1 2DH

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College T: 024 7624 3000 E: the.college@nwhc.ac.uk W: www.nwhc.ac.uk

Nuneaton Campus, Hinckley Road, Nuneaton CV11 6BH

City of Wolverhampton College T: 01902 836000 E: mail@wolvcoll.ac.uk W: www.wolvcoll.ac.uk

Paget Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0DU

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