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HPM September 2017

8 N EWS D E S K Students advised against apprenticeships week as students across the UK learnt their GCSE results, with many still to make decisions about their future careers path. Alex Meikle, director of employment and skills at the ECA, said: “These findings show that too many young people are effectively being led up the garden path by careers advice in schools, which is significantly out of step with the needs of industry and future employers. “There is a growing recognition of the value of undertaking apprenticeships, particularly engineering, and the electrotechnical industry will be looking to undertake further work with schools and colleges to encourage greater take-up among students.” Jon Graham, chief executive of apprenticeship training organisation, JTL, said: “There are some fantastic opportunities out there for young people to start an apprenticeship and embark on a career in a highly skilled and well paid job. However, schools need to do more to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships, and we look forward to working with them on this agenda.” Just one in 14 (seven per cent) students were ever encouraged to consider finding a job in a skilled trade. This compares to three in ten being encouraged into roles within medicine such as a doctor (31%), education such as a teacher (31%), and legal/finance (30%). www.hpmmag.com September 2017 Quality tiles add real value Less than one in 12 students (eight per cent) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings commissioned by the ECA, JTL, and the Joint Industry Board. In contrast, 85% of students are encouraged to go into further or higher education, such as university study, after finishing at school or college. Just three per cent were advised to seek a job. In addition, over one-quarter of students (28%) said they had never even been spoken to about work-based apprenticeships by their school or college. The findings came in the same More than three quarters of property experts claim quality tiles with good grouting adds the most value to bathrooms. An electric or power shower (70%) was next, and then good-sized fixtures (sink, toilet, shower/bath (66%). The lowest ranking feature to add value was surprisingly underfloor heating (34%). Showerstoyou.co.uk consulted 32 estate agents, property professionals, and designers to find out how homeowners can maximise the value of their property when renovating their bathroom or adding a new one. Brunel student wins £10,000 Heatrae Sadia has crowned Jennifer Wong, a student at Brunel University, as the winner of its 2017 inaugural Design Awards. Entrants were tasked with designing a new, problem-solving electric water heating product for the chance to win the top prize of £10,000. Jennifer won after impressing the judges with her “unique, efficient, and well-thought out creation” at Heatrae Sadia’s head office. Jennifer and runner-up, Montgomery Cooke from University of Exeter, (pictured) had to present to the judges on the inspiration behind their ideas and how they would work in practice. Heatrae Sadia launched the awards last year, in an effort to encourage more young people into the industry in response to the current skills gap. Inta duo brave the shave Two employees at Inta have braved the shave and had their hair cut off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Raising just over £600 – with the total still rising – sales administrator, Emma Domanski, and warehouse operative, Ian Squires, took to the hairdresser’s chair to have their heads shaved live on the firm’s Facebook page. The duo donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children suffering from hair loss. Emma (pictured) is also the driving force behind the firm’s other charity events, which have included involvement in the likes of Wear it Pink and Children in Need. www.radiatorfactory.net DISTRIBUTOR TO THE MERCHANTS SCAN FOR BROCHURE SPECIALISTS IN BAY WINDOW RADIATORS CAST IRON RADIATORS DESIGNER RADIATORS ECO-ALUMINIUM RADIATORS TEL: 0116 260 9257 enquiry number 305


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