CITB recently held an ‘I’m Backing Apprenticeships’ event in the Houses of Parliament where over 200 people from the construction industry joined policy makers to ask MPs to support construction apprenticeships – Axis were invited to give their opinion on running a structured apprenticeship.
Axis works with CITB to organise our apprenticeship scheme, which saw 35 new recruits in the 2015 intake, and it is hoped that this event will lead to MPs encouraging more young people in their respective constituencies to consider a career in construction with Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, setting out his vision for the apprenticeships.
The event also aimed to send a message to employers and apprentices highlighting that the government understands the importance of apprenticeships and they are here to support the employers and the young people on their journey. Axis’ Kostas Papageorgiou (HR Manager) and Antonio Cardazzone (Axis Apprentice) attended with Kostas commenting: “I think apprentices are important because I believe that the word apprenticeship is a ‘win-win’ as all parties involved benefit from it. The employers set strong foundations for the future, by investing in current talent and up-skilling them so that they, in the future, can have people that are well trained, have good experience and have built a good understanding of the company and the industry it operates.”
Axis is a firm believer in apprenticeships which is why we run the Axis established programme and, as part of our community values, we recruit from the areas in which we work.
Kostas (pictured on the right) and Antonio (left) are photographed with Local MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp (centre).