After Employment Minister Priti Patel joined us here at Pimlico for The 5% Club quarterly meeting last week, it was great to hear her give us a mention yesterday while talking about apprenticeships.
It’s always fantastic to see support for apprenticeships and Priti is definitely drinking from the same teapot as me on the topic.
As she, very rightly said, apprenticeships offer a brilliant opportunity for young people and also the economy. They are the future and her dedication to them is so encouraging for the future. That’s why I employ apprentices in every trade and office department, and also why I’d take on 100 more tomorrow if I could.
An apprenticeship got me where I am today, so through my own personal experience and also the success stories of so many at Pimlico Plumbers, I can’t encourage them enough. With the skills shortage that we’re facing now, there’s no better time to get on an apprenticeship to gain a skilled career for life
In 2009, and as a former apprentice, I realised that we were going nowhere in generating a future workforce for our industry and more particularly creating apprenticeships for people to become qualified to be that workforce. We always need experienced tradesmen in order to progress and develop our own business and it just wasn’t happening for us, or for anyone else as far as I could see. I sent my proposals to the government then and five years on we’ve only had lip service to the ideas I put forward.
We’ve had a watered down NIC ‘holiday’ in response to that which I proposed and an even weaker response to the Apprentice incentive scheme. The NIC holiday was very restrictive and the Apprentice incentive wasn’t much better. Why is it that politicians always aim for the short term least costly investment which turns out to be the most expensive in the long term? We need bold and imaginative ideas and solutions to tackle a growing problem and we needed to implement them immediately not when our backs are to the wall.
I’ll say it again. Give all firms an NIC Holiday for apprentices for 3 years. Pay the employer the Job Seekers Allowance and turn it into a Job Achiever’s Allowance as way of offsetting the company’s training costs, reducing unemployment in young people, and building a skilled workforce for the future.
Join me by signing our petition asking David Cameron to implement these proposals fully.
‘David Cameron, please take note and implement our Apprenticeship Scheme to give the youngsters of today a future,’
From a former apprentice who talks common sense.
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i strongly agree with this petition as there were insufficient apprenticeships when I finished my course and am still searching for my "future".
Kyle Arden (larkfield, aylesford) – 14th Jan 2017
This is very important for the youngsters to learn a trade and become contributing members of society
Sandra Stoddart-Crooks (London) – 9th Jan 2017
I think this is a brilliant idea and also I'm looking to do my Ncs in plumbing
jack rafferty – 17th Dec 2016
it is definitely a great scheme
kasey dedrick (london se10) – 13th Dec 2016
I myself am really keen on training to become an Electrician and I am very motivated in finding an apprenticeship but I am finding it very difficult to do so. The government should really be helping young people who want to achieve something and work towards a career and being a productive member of society and they should do so by supporting the apprenticeship scheme.
Halimcan Ugur Ozcomert (London) – 6th Dec 2016
"I believe you should give everyone an opportunity to have an apprentice with Pimlico plumbers the top leading company in the U.K"
Michael Kavallieratos (Islington) – 5th Dec 2016
I am currently looking for an apprenticeship and I thank Pimlico plumbers for creating these opportunities which are very hard to come by as I am experiencing along with many other youngsters in the same boat .
Luke Herbert (London) – 30th Nov 2016
As a young person myself I too can understand the struggle and I applaud both Charlie and Ms Patel and the whole of Pimlico for they're understanding and amazing support.
Sean Traynor (London) – 5th Nov 2016