To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122931 on Carillion, of the 1,200 apprentices affected, how many of those apprentices (a) have been found alternative employers and (b) are in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is proactively working with their established network of college partners to support all affected apprentices and other learners to complete their programmes. Additionally, they are utilising their existing employer contacts in the sector, in order to find and secure alternative employers for the apprentices to complete their frameworks or standards.
CITB has emailed 40,000 external contacts, the vast majority of whom are employers, encouraging them to take on Carillion apprentices and to highlight the incentives CITB have put in place to secure employment for affected learners.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency contacted all affected apprentices on 15 January 2018 to notify them of the situation and next steps. CITB confirmed that they contacted all learners on the 17 January 2018, via telephone, email and text message, to begin the transfer process, with a focus on minimising disruption to the learner and their learner journey.
CITB has established a dedicated helpline for apprentices seeking support and has also delivered a series of workshops for learners, which have taken place in the localities of the 11 Carillion Training Centres. These workshops provided advice on next steps and offer 1 to 1 support, as required. The timings and locations of these events were communicated to learners through telephone calls, email and a comprehensive social media campaign.
CITB has engaged directly with over 1,200 learners to date, has already secured new employment, with wages, for over 700 of the apprentices and is working progressively to find alternative employers for all those affected. At present, it has been agreed that all former Carillion apprentices will continue to be paid beyond 31 January, whilst alternative employers are being sought.