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Contractors could be paid to take on Carillion apprentices

Contractors could be handed financial incentives to take on apprentices affected by the collapse of Carillion.

The CITB said it was formulating an “in-principle package” that would see firms handed “apprenticeship transfer incentives” for taking on displaced Carillion apprentices.

Carillion had more than 1,400 apprentices on its books when it plunged into liquidation yesterday.

The CITB has set up a project team to deal with Carillion apprentices and is currently in discussions with the government over further steps to take.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said Carillion’s demise was a blow for the industry but that it was the training body’s priority to ensure Carillion apprentices’ skills were not lost.

Carillion was the biggest recipient of CITB grant last year, raking in £6.95m from the training board.

Much of this was due to Carillion having its own training facilities to supply training for workers outside of its own needs, resulting in more New Entrant Grants from the CITB.

In total, the company had around 11 centres across the country that provided training for workers in a number of areas.

Speaking in parliament yesterday, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said the CITB had now agreed to become the training provider for Carillion’s apprentices.

“The CITB is going to be extremely active – and will be pressed by ministers to be very active – in ensuring it reaches out to employers and finds spaces for those young men and women as rapidly as possible.”

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