A group of apprentices is embarking on a year-long course which will take them into a county-wide network of primary schools.
The Apprenticeship scheme being run by Luton Borough Council, working in partnership with Jigsaw Training, will provide 10 apprentices aged 16-20 years old with a mentor whilst they work in the county’s primary schools as apprentice Site Agents.
The Apprenticeship framework, an intermediate level 2 Facilities Services Apprenticeship, is designed to attract new young people into facilities management and give them the skills to progress into the industry once they are qualified.
The Apprenticeship scheme, the first of its kind in Luton, is run by Luton Adult Learning on behalf of the Council, with the apprentices acting as Site Agents responsible for security, heating and lighting, cleanliness and maintenance.
Julie Jeffery, Employer Engagement Officer at Luton Borough Council, said: “This scheme means the apprentices will be employed in the schools and assessed for their competence and will also receive support in the classroom in the theory of the role.
“They will receive a structured training programme over the course of a year with assessments throughout and they will see how this applies at the schools they will be working at.”
James Blackhurst, Managing Director of Jigsaw Training, said: “We know that this model works and that the combination of learning and practical equips young people for jobs in this challenging and rewarding industry.”
Jigsaw Training is recognised as one of the few National Training Providers of Apprenticeships and other related qualifications in the facilities industry in the UK.
Working with clients ranging from MITIE Group, Compass Group, The Royal Opera House, Places for People, GlaxoSmithKline, Transport for London and National Express, Jigsaw Training provides a comprehensive range of training to reduce risk associated with failure to meet service level agreements.
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