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ROUNDTABLE: Apprenticeship, the future of the industry and the corona virus

Apprenticeship Roundtable:

Apprenticeships are a vitally important, but perhaps under-utilised part of skill development for young people in the painting and decorating industry, given that 85% stay with their employer after their training period.

This live panel discussion will be looking at the successes and challenges of apprenticeship schemes, and their role in keeping talent in the industry. The panellists will provide some practical advice for sole traders and SME businesses to support young people, as well as the role of the CITB and information about how to access funding for such initiatives.

There will also be a chance to ask your questions to the panel, who will also share their thoughts on the future of the industry, the impact of coronavirus and who’s details are below.

Speakers:
Michael Lennox, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Adrian Copp, Association of Painting Craft Teachers (APCT)
Julie Lawrenson, National Training Manager, Bell Group

Julie Lawrenson, Bell Group Bio

Over 30 years’ experience working within the construction and built environment sector in both operational and managerial roles. The past 5 years spent working for Bell Group in the capacity of National Training Manager and Head of Bell Apprenticeships. Current Chair of the Painting & Decorating Association’s Education & Training Committee, Chair of North West Contractors Training Group and City and Guilds Employer and Industry Board member. An active Construction Ambassador passionate about promoting Apprenticeships and Careers in Construction. A qualified Mental Health First Aider and advocate for raising awareness and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives within Bell Group and across the wider construction industry.

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