Apprenticeships in Composite Materials
Trailblazer Apprenticeship – Composite Technician
With the growth in composites manufacturing in the UK set to go from £2.3 billion in 2015 to £4.7 billion by 2020 and £12.5 billion by 2030, the Trailblazer Apprenticeship will help address the skills shortages in the medium and longer term, helping companies with work-force planning for their future growth.
The approval by Government of the Composites Technician Apprenticeship is a significant milestone and companies can now train apprentices on composites part manufacture. The training programme has been designed and developed by industry to provide the apprentice with a broad understanding of all elements of composites manufacture. This will enable cross-industry movement of people in the future.
There are grants of up to £1,500 available to businesses with less than 50 employees who take on an apprentice aged between 16 and 24 years old.
The Apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017. It will be payable on annual wage bills of more than £3 million. Only 2% of UK employers will be required to pay the Levy. All employers will have access to funding for Apprenticeship training through the levy.
For details on paying the levy and how to spend your funds click here
BIS has issued guidance on what this means - access the guidance here.