Here a Pimlico Plumbers we believe that apprenticeships are vital in tackling skills shortages and youth unemployment.
Apprenticeships offer young people a high-quality and respected hands on training route and many employers and young people can benefit from them.
Taking on apprentices improves productivity, strengthens workforces and improves motivation among our employees. We are also able to harness and find fresh talent and to train new people the way we want them to learn and work right from the very beginning.
Pimlico’s Apprentice Scheme
Our three year plan is to reduce youth unemployment by turning Jobseekers Allowance into a Job Achievers Incentive, i.e the Government pays the employer the Job Achievers Incentive to use as part of a minimum wage salary for an apprentice.
Trade Apprenticeships at Pimlico Plumbers
Pimlico offers four different types of Apprenticeships including:
- Heating Engineering
Apprentices attend college one day per week in term time for three years. The rest of their time is spent in accompanying our qualified engineers out on real jobs learning their trade of choice.
The City of London Office Apprenticeships
Pimlico has formed a partnership with the City of London Corporation to boost our support of apprentices to offer apprenticeships across all departments at our head office including HR, PR, Administration and Accounts.
The City of London Corporation's Apprenticeship team is led by Philip Taylor and provides training support for businesses in the Capital. In addition to identifying and screening potential candidates for apprenticeship roles, the City of London’s apprenticeship team assist with training delivery, assessment and certification.
Apprentices are trained by highly experienced engineers that are experts in their field and gain a City and Guilds NVQ qualification levels 1, 2 and 3 when they have completed their apprenticeship.We pay good rates to our apprentices and cover all associated employment costs and provide personal protective equipment.All college fees are paid for by the college that the apprentice attends. All on the job training is paid for by Pimlico.
Support From David Willetts MP
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, visited Pimlico to speak to Charlie Mullins, MD of Pimlico, about the need for further support for apprenticeships and youth training.
He was given a tour of the depot and even had some hands on experience from Pimlico’s Apprentices.
“These are the skills that really drive the trades that matter to people. You get a really worthwhile job that you can do for life and it earns good money. It’s a really useful alternative to the university route; so we back it.”
– David Willetts MP