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Mandelson pledges £4.5M for apprenticeships

The Government has announced a £4.5M funding boost for apprenticeships and trainees in the engineering construction sector.

Business secretary Lord Mandelson unveiled the plans in response to the Gibson Review of Engineering Construction, a study of productivity and skills in the sector, and will aim to double the number of opportunities available for young people to train for skilled jobs by 2011.

Lord Mandelson said: “The engineering construction sector employs up to 60,000 people in the UK. This new investment means that more home-grown workers will be provided with the skills and experience needed for them to take the work opportunities that designing, building and maintaining the wave of new investment the country needs in power stations and energy infrastructure.”

The Government will work closely with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) to ensure the training levy is fairly applied to all firms working in the industry, including non UK firms.

A cross-industry body has also been established to promote change in the sector and will be headed up by Ian Marchant, chief executive of Scottish & Southern Energy.

Readers' comments (1)

  • £4.5M is not goingto go very far!
    Aiming to double the number of opportunities to trian youngsters by 2011.
    What is the number that is to be doubled? "If once nowt is nowt, two nowts must be something". If the final figure is only 1000 yougsters, that is £4,500 for each person for the term of the apprentice ship, 5years?

    Let us get some facts right, £4.5M, divided by the cost of keeping fellons in prison is something like £40,000 per annum, about 112 inmates for one year.

    Where do our priorities lie?

    Get your act together Mr Mandelson, much more money is needed.

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