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Carillion: 341 ex-apprentices to lose financial support

A total of 341 Carillion apprentices will have financial support cut off next month after being officially released from the company this week.

In its latest update, the official receiver overseeing the liquidation revealed 356 of the failed contractor’s employees had left the company in the past week, including 341 construction apprentices.

The move means Carillion apprentices who have still not found new placements will have their wage support stopped at the end of August.

A total of 1,275 apprentices were working at Carillion at the time of its collapse, with 1,148 in England and a further 127 in Scotland.

Since the collapse, the apprentices have continued to be paid by the official receiver while they seek new companies. 

A total of 777 have so far found paid roles with new employers in England, while a further 101 have landed jobs in Scotland.

Nine other applications are currently pending, and 12 former apprentices now in full-time education.

Of the remaining apprentices affected by the collapse, 123 are still actively working with the CITB to find new employment, while a number of others have now disengaged from the process.

The CITB has pledged to continue providing assistance to apprentices out of work once wage support ends, with weekly contact via social media, access to career events and support with job-seeking skills such as CV preparation.

The training body is also offering grant incentives to employers that take on Carillion apprentices.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “Today’s announcement by the official receiver does not change CITB’s commitment to former Carillion apprentices still looking for employment in construction.

“Our helpline remains open and we continue to offer grant incentives to employers able to take on former Carillion apprentices looking for employment in our industry.

“A number of former Carillion apprentices have disengaged with CITB’s recruitment process. We wish them well, but should they change their mind we will do all we can to support them.”

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “Following the collapse of Carillion, the CITB took immediate action to make sure apprenticeship training could continue as normal and we have been working closely with the CITB to find alternative employment for all those apprentices.

“The CITB has found new employment, with wages, for 777 of the apprentices.”

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