Teenager Charlie Elliott will be under added pressure to succeed after joining a brand new apprenticeship scheme launched by Plymouth-based tiling contractor Spot On Services (SW) Ltd: his dad, Nick, has been hired as the training manager!
The 19-year-old trainee tiler from Plymouth is already a part of training history as Spot On has become the first wall and floor tiling contractor in the South West to join forces with the national training organisation for the construction industry to develop a bespoke apprenticeship qualification. The partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will enable Spot On to introduce a rolling programme of apprenticeship training – designed to develop young talent and plug a growing skills gap in the region.
Charlie is excited to be the first recruit to the all-new pioneering programme, but knows he will be firmly under the spotlight with dad Nick also joining the Spot On team to oversee the training. “I really appreciate the opportunity to train with Spot On. It is a chance for me to get the skills I need to have a proper career and to be the first on the scheme is very exciting. Spot On has a really good reputation and I will be learning from some very talented tilers. I know dad will make sure I put in 100%!”
With the support of the CITB, Spot On’s Managing Director, Russell van der Schouw, will put apprentices through an enhanced version of the existing two year, NVQ Level 2, specialist training programme in wall and floor tiling, giving them on the job training with some of the company’s most experienced tiling professionals. He has been working closely with advisers from the board to develop and refine the existing programme to create a more bespoke qualification that will cover all the generic, as well as a full range of specialist skills, that he believes an apprentice requires to succeed in the modern industry environment.
“There are simply not enough young people out there with the necessary skills to forge a career in today’s tough competitive marketplace and we are seeing a real skills gap in tiling. It is just not seen as the craft it once was and I want to change that,” said van der Schouw. “As a company we already have a firm commitment to apprenticeship training but this partnership with the CITB will help us to properly expand and develop it. It is also about ensuring that the training is robust and comprehensive enough to meet the demands of our commercial clients.”
“It is an opportunity to equip the next generation of young tilers with the necessary skills to forge a successful career in construction and enhance our reputation as a company that is committed to quality training provision for the benefit of our industry.”
Bernadette Parkinson of the CITB said “This scheme isn’t just about a short term training opportunity. What really impressed us about Spot On is its desire to support apprentices in continued professional advancement beyond the initial training period, to help young people build a long term, sustainable career. That’s what makes this venture so exciting and why we are so keen to support it.