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InfoComm looks to take advantage of UK government’s apprentice scheme

InfoComm Roundtables in Leeds on 19 March and London on 21 March will feature a presentation from the UK's National Apprenticeship Service to help attendees understand how they can take advantage of the service.

With the UK government having extended its Apprenticeship initiative until March 2014, InfoComm International is making apprenticeships the main topic of two forthcoming Roundtable events.

The Roundtables, at Leeds Metropolitan University on Tuesday 19 March and at London’s QEII Conference Centre on Thursday 21 March, will both feature a Keynote presentation titled ‘Apprenticeships in the UK – What You Need to Know’ from Gary Chapman of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

Chris Lavelle, InfoComm’s regional director UK & Ireland (pictured), commented: “The NAS is looking at ways of targeting SMEs in a very focused way, and has chosen InfoComm to be the second trade association in a pilot scheme whereby the Service uses information from association members to to help map apprentice frameworks and providers that makes sense for our industry.

“This is a great opportunity for the AV business, because although some of our members have already made use of the Apprenticeship initiative, it can be a challenge to find providers who offer a suitable framework for AV.

“The NAS is now committed to reaching out to InfoComm members with the aim of getting feedback on how to take this approach forward, so we are delighted that Gary will be joining us to explain how the new scheme will work.”

This will be followed by a Roundtable discussion, and both events will conclude with a Networking Reception so that attendees can get the chance to know each other better in a more informal setting.

Focus 21 Visual Communications is one company that has integrated apprenticeships into their business practice. John Chandler, CTS, HR, training and safety manager said: “Focus 21’s AV Apprentice mentoring program has proven to be a success on many levels, providing the business with keen, motivated, capable and hard-working young people who have grown up immersed in “modern technology”. The scheme has proven itself to be popular with existing staff who have taken a great interest in the development of these young people as they can see that the future of the Company will be in good hands.”