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Charlie Jones #Here2Help
FORMER DISPLACED APPRENTICE, CHARLIE JONES, SECURES FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT THROUGH Y PRENTIS’ #HERE2HELP INITIATIVE
Y Prentis is pleased to announce that their first #Here2Help displaced apprentice, Charlie Jones, has now completed his apprenticeship and secured full-time employment with his #YprentisHosts Canna Developments Ltd. Charlie Jones was able to recommence his apprenticeship in July 2020, thanks to Y Prentis’ #Here2Help initiative, which was launched in June 2020 to assist Covid-19 displaced apprentices within the South East Wales region. (Read full article HERE).
Y Prentis secured a placement for Charlie with Canna Developments Ltd at their Cwrt Canna site in Bridgend (which they are building for Newydd Housing Association), within only 4 weeks of his previous placement ending, ensuring seamless continuity in Charlie’s apprenticeship. Charlie, who has now attained his NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry through Bridgend, said: “Y Prentis immediately stepped in and provided employment meaning I could continue my apprenticeship at a time when I was laid off. Without Y Prentis my apprenticeship would have ended, and I would have had to complete my diploma full-time and this would have delayed completing my NVQ. Now I have obtained both qualifications simultaneously and I couldn’t be happier. I am so grateful for Y Prentis and have no regrets.”
Canna Developments Ltd exceeded their Community Benefits requirements, for their Cwrt Canna project, when agreeing to host Charlie as a carpentry apprentice through Y Prentis. Managing Director Rhodri Crandon said: “Whilst completing his apprenticeship, Charlie became a valuable member of our team and we are pleased to be able to offer him a full-time position now. It is great that there are schemes out there like Y Prentis that are helping to close the skills gap in the industry. The support and guidance offered throughout the placement process has been spot on and a pleasure.”
Y Prentis is well positioned to assist displaced apprentices due to their ‘shared apprentice’ operating model. The model differs from traditional apprenticeships as the apprentices are directly employed by Y Prentis, who then capitalise on their large partner network in order to move their apprentices to various partner sites as and when the need arises. This model provides apprentices with more security as apprentices can be rotated between various sites ensuring they are able to complete their work-based evidence throughout their apprenticeship.
Construction companies who employ apprentices directly are sometimes faced with the difficult decision to end apprenticeship contracts when there is insufficient work available. This has been made worse by the impact Covid-19 has had on their businesses. Subsequently, apprentices are displaced which has a negative impact on their studies as they are unable to complete their apprenticeship without work-based experience.
“This is when the shared approach to apprenticeships really comes into its own” explains Darryl Williams, Y Prentis Programme Manager. “By pooling the shorter-term work opportunities and providing apprentices with a varied experience with a wide range of host contractors, we deliver sustainable apprenticeships adding value and complimenting the standard apprenticeship in the market”.
Y Prentis encourages contractors currently facing the difficult decision to take on or sustain apprentices during these uncertain times, to get in touch and discuss options available using the shared apprenticeship approach. Apprentices who have been displaced or unable to find apprenticeship employment are likewise invited to contact Y Prentis for help.