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Contractors step up school leaver recruitment

Carillion, Tarmac and Balfour Beatty will be among the contractors to take part in the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) push to recruit more school leavers, it was announced yesterday.
Up to 85 firms in the North East will employ at least one additional school-leaver onto its payroll at technician/apprentice level. It is likely three training colleges will be needed to give block release back-up to on-job training, and it is hoped the intake of all 85 may be possible before September.'If some of our member companies are unable to employ an addition to the workforce yet, we are sure some of our larger member companies will take on more than one to compensate,' said CECA North East director Douglas Kell.'We are determined to give 85 young people an extra chance in the industry's annual intake.Kell added: 'CECA North East has agreed to assist with some of the responsibility for training and recruitment carried out by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). We envisage apprenticeships at various levels, and while an apprenticeship leading to a requisite NVQ level can run for three years, there will be opportunities also for those keen and able to fast-track.'The 85 apprenticeships, for which applicants will be expected to pass a CITB entrance test, would complement the openings offered to graduate entrants and others already educationally qualified to work up to management level on ONC and HNC training routes.

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