DSL praises government apprenticeship target

Published:  22 July, 2015

The government's Enterprise Bill aiming to increase to three million by 2020 the number of apprenticeships has been praised by Deborah Services (DSL), provider of non-mechanical construction equipment.

Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills, announced on 14 June, 2015 that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will by law ensure apprenticeships are given the same legal treatment as degrees. It is hoped this will help improve skill recognition between employers and job seekers.

Roger Hastie, managing director of DSL hire and sales, said: “We understand how vital top quality training is in order to develop a skilled workforce. We have recently opened a new branch in Birmingham which incorporates comprehensive training facilities – available free of charge for our customers – to support apprentices and tradesmen’s ongoing professional development.

“We recognise that skills and training are not only the lifeblood of the industries and trades we serve but also of our own company. We have a responsibility to the building industry to put a marker in the ground and support apprenticeships across all the trades.

“Attendees to our courses will receive a combination of theory learning and hands-on product interaction so they literally get to grips with using them as safely and efficiently as possible.

“We are delighted that the importance of apprenticeships has been recognised by the government. The wheels are turning to not only get apprenticeships the respect they deserve but also extend the opportunity for others to enrol onto apprenticeship schemes.

“Thanks to the government boost in apprenticeships, we hope to see the continued rise of professionalism among tradesmen proved not only by experience but also by qualification,” said Mr Hastie.

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