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Industry needs tool apprentices

PLANT

THE CITB is calling on the industry for more support in its bid to increase the number of apprentices taking courses in tool maintenance.

The Board has enlisted engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton to provide support to its college network, providing equipment, promotion and expertise, and now wants more manufacturers to join the campaign.

But according to Jim Maccall, the CITB's plant training manager, the real need is for hire companies to provide trainees, allowing the number of courses to expand.

'There are currently three colleges offering tool maintenance, but there are another 20 colleges who could offer courses, provided there is the demand from tool firms.We are flexible enough to encompass the needs of tool hire, or in fact any specialist industry.

'The beauty of the threeyear maintenance course is that an apprentice could specialise as a technician or move across to another area such as hire desk work.'