A letter to the editor about the demise of Carillion

Dear Editor,

I was heartened by the response from the CIPHE following the collapse of Carillion towards the apprentices left in limbo. I have been active of late in my representations as to why apprentices over many years have drawn the short straw with regards education and the ability to obtain training. I just hope that the CIPHE carry forward their intention to find positions within our industry for these young people. As I have said of late technical training of the young of this country is sadly lacking and I believe a move towards correcting this situation is now gradually gaining speed.

Three things in my view need to happen:

1) Not all youngsters are capable of spending time at University or indeed want to go, so it is up to their parents and teachers to realise that there is more in life than a university education and that a degree does not equal high earnings.

2) Training organisations, including schools and colleges need to improve their standard of training to these students and to confirm their mathematics and English language skills as well as teaching them how to use tools and pass their theoretical tests.

3) Employers have to be encouraged to see the necessary training and control of apprentices so that these young people go into the world as a more rounded and responsible individual. It has stuck me in the past that many tradesmen are frightened to take on an apprentice because they are not sure of how to go about it at the interview stage. Perhaps a training course for potential employers might not come amiss? A well trained and cared-for apprentice is an absolute asset to the company and will help to improve the employers position for years to come.

Clive King,
Oil Heating Consultant, (retired).