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05May94 UK: CITB SCHEMES FOR AUTUMN LAUNCH - CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD.

The Construction Industry Training Board launches its first two pilot trainee schemes this autumn under the Government's new modern apprenticeships initiative.For the first time young trainees will be taught up to national vocational qualification level 3 standard, instead of level 2 which is the previous norm for youth training schemes.The apprentices will be based at Hastings College and at Wimpey's training centre in Manchester.The pilots also mark the debut of two of the new training routes proposed last month by the CITB's Joint Action Group on New Entrant Training. These are the full-time, college-based route at Hastings, and youth training with a company acting as training contractor at Manchester.The Government's modern apprenticeships scheme will come into full operation in September 1995.Construction was excluded from the first batch of prototypes announced in March. But the engineering construction and electrical contracting industries were included.A Government spokesman explained this was because details of the two CITB prototypes had taken longer than expected to finalise.The industry has until May 17 to respond to consultation on the JAGNET proposals to reform training. CONSTRUCTION NEWS