Waste industry recruits first apprentices
Eight candidates have become the first to enroll on the Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management - the first of its type for the waste industry.
Suffolk-based ABA Training is one of the first training providers in England to offer the new apprenticeship and have registered three apprentices.
In addition Cylch, in partnership with Vale of Glamorgan Training Association, is the first organisation in Wales to have registered five apprentices.
The apprenticeship underpins a broad range of occupational roles in the collection, transport, treatment and final management of waste and recyclables, at both operator and supervisory levels.
Development of the apprenticeship has been driven by the Waste Industry Skills Initiative (WISKI) and has been tailored to meet the current and future skills shortages identified by industry employers.
The apprenticeship was launched last December by Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), the Sector Skills Councilfor the gas, power, waste management and water industries.
Helen White, apprenticeships manager at EU Skills, said: "The apprenticeship offers huge benefits to employers in the industry; it will attract new entrants by providing a structured route to job competence and career progression."
The apprenticeship contains qualifications accredited by WAMITAB and City & Guilds and is based on National Occupational Standards.