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Apprenticeships benefit all ages


According to latest government statistics, more than half of all new apprenticeships being committed under the new Levy scheme are for those over the age of 25.

To put these figures into context, these figures are for apprenticeships in levy-funded companies that use the apprenticeship service.

Concerns have been raised that the funding reforms are not attracting more employers to invest in young apprentices from 16-18 years old.

The government’s original intention was to create three million apprenticeships for young people by 2020 ahead of the June general election.

At Jigsaw Training, we believe the levy should help young people, while also providing opportunities for older apprentices at all levels of age and knowledge.

We believe this inclusive part of the levy initiative will be a start to plugging the gaps in skills badly needed in specific sectors including health and social care, engineering and facilities management.

A call has been made from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) to further increase the number of level two apprenticeships with all funding covered by the government.

But why not commit to other levels up to level six in more technical roles for digital and engineering roles, the skills urgently needed at all age ranges?

Let’s not forget that an organisation’s workforce needs a balance and that those employees who may need training or re-training are just as valuable as those entering apprenticeships at an early age.

Indeed, we believe the system should support those employers and workers at all ages and levels who want to learn, adapt and develop new skills as we grow our economy in the post-Brexit age.


Training specialist launches Facilities Management open courses


Lancashire-based specialist Jigsaw Training is launching opportunities for individuals and employers to take advantage of its open courses for Facilities Management from January.

As a British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) approved centre, the Preston-based training company will embed the BIFM Level 3 Diploma in Facilities Management across 21 months of teaching which will include 15 workshops.

These will cover all standard areas including: introduction to FM, health and safety, relationship management, business continuity and disaster recovery, contract performance and management, procurement of supplies and services, people management, building management and sustainability and financial management.

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “These courses offer the individual the opportunities to add further qualifications and skills in this sector with all of the advantages this brings. We’re already seeing a lot of interest in these courses as a real pathway to improving opportunities for those involved.”

Learners will also be supported with a blended learning approach to consolidate the workshop delivery, with further 1-2-1 teaching available for those requiring functionals skills in English and maths.

The 1-2-1 teaching sessions and progress reviews are conducted at the learner’s place of work by a dedicated Jigsaw Training tutor and recorded using the dedicated Learner Management System (LMS).

In order to meet the demands of employers, the courses will initially be delivered to three regions starting with Manchester in January 2018, followed by Birmingham in March 2018 and London, also in March.

If you would like to express your interest in a place or find out more, please contact Jigsaw Training by email at or tel 01772 430004.

Jigsaw Training is a total training solutions company providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

Blog: Apprenticeships offering a solution


The current education system is failing to provide the skills required by employers in a range of sectors including engineering, IT, digital, healthcare and facilities management sectors to name but a few.

To address this deficit, the government committed to creating three million new apprenticeships by 2020, paid for in part by the new Apprenticeship Levy introduced in April this year.

Under this scheme, employers with a wage bill of £3m or more must commit 0.5 per cent to help fund the initiative, with the government topping this up by 10 per cent.

Now research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) points to increases in numbers of apprenticeships already – some 4,600 more than last year – but persuading young people is still a challenge.

A range of providers including Jigsaw Training offer learning at this level along with advice for employers about the levy scheme and how to best use it for maximum benefit.

We believe this initiative should be supported wherever possible. It makes sense, offering young people an alternative to university while they earn and make their way in a career.

The mix of skills and job types also offers diverse opportunities and enables employers to add to their graduate recruitment schemes to meet their own specific objectives.

Ultimately, it means young people have further options and that has to be a step in the right direction as we strive to find those much-needed skills desperately required by employers.


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