BCF advocates for recruiting apprentices

As part of the UK’s National Apprenticeship Week 2023, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) are encouraging coatings employers to take advantage of the wide range of apprenticeships available to help recruit the next generation of talent into a career in the coatings industry.

Young trainees having a creative exchange.
The services provided by the ATA are available for both small and large organisations Image source: StockSnap - Pixabay (symbol image).

Tying into this year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week of “Skills for Life”, apprenticeships are a great way of equipping young professionals with the skills to set them up for a career in their chosen industry. BCF’s Apprenticeship Service can help paints, inks and wallcoverings companies find and hire new apprentices across all disciplines and functions and can also help larger coatings and printing ink companies spend their UK Apprenticeship Levy funds. The service has been purpose-built for BCF Members by the Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA).

600 available apprenticeship programme

There are around 600 available apprenticeship programmes in England, and with at least 95% of the training costs being funded by the government, apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of developing the knowledge and skills of the workforce. The ATA can work with employers to put individuals through apprenticeships or whole teams. For any department that they have within your business, there will be a range of relevant apprenticeship programmes at appropriate levels to suit all members of staff, regardless of experience.

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