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K10_LogoTower Hamlets College has been working in partnership with K10 through Skills Support for the Workforce to improve the employability and career prospects for their Apprentices.

K10 was founded to address the declining number of Apprentices working in the construction sector, and the difficulties contractors faced when committed to delivering effective apprenticeship programmes. K10 recognises the short term nature of contracts on site and the significant coordination and support required to make an apprenticeship a success; it recruits and employs apprentices and then places them with host employers for their on-site training, and organises their college placements to support the educational and learning element of the apprenticeship.

Skills Support for the Workforce funding is being used when a potential construction sector apprentice is identified. Prior to signing up to the apprenticeship, they undertake a package of qualifications – Health and Safety, Manual Handling and Fire Safety training.

This SSW-funded package is essential as Health and Safety is a required qualification before an apprentice can go on to a construction site. In addition, it is now an industry requirement that 50% of site operatives have Fire Safety training, so this boosts their chances of employment in the industry too.

“The course provided a valuable insight into the extensive nature and importance of health and safety on site. It really hammers home just how important it is and that you need to be aware and vigilant at all times.”  Simran Kaur, K10 Apprentice.

Once this package is complete, the learner signs up to a Level 2 apprenticeship in Electrical, Plumbing, Dry Lining, Construction Operatives, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry or Business Administration.

So far over 30 young people have begun training funded through Skills Support for the Workforce funding and the model is working well.

Patrick Allen at Tower Skills has been very supportive and responsive to the needs of our new apprentices. The construction industry is ever changing and many skills the apprentices need aren’t available through their apprenticeship training. This training ensures they are more aware of their safety on site whilst also adding to their CV for when they qualify.  We are looking to increase the training offer to include power tools and working at heights which would also be valuable qualifications for them to have”. Elaine McCulloch, Apprentice Partnership Manager.

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