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Subsea SMEs receive help to recruit apprentices

Subsea UK, the industry body for the British subsea industry has created a new initiative which aims to help SMEs in the sector recruit apprentices.

Based in Aberdeen, The group’s scheme offers financial support and advice to smaller firms in the industry who wish to take on apprentices to develop the next generation of subsea workers.

Injecting new impetus

Subsea UK’s new initiative comes off the back of research it carried out recently, which concluded that SME subsea companies struggle to start new talent on apprenticeships because of a lack of time and money to invest in them.

The scheme will give dedicated support to SMEs to help them with the recruitment process, development of training plans, setting clear roles and responsibilities for on-the-job training and conducting assessments.

Subsea UK chief executive, Neil Gordon said: “The majority of our 320 members are smaller sized companies who are put off recruiting apprentices because they lack the HR knowledge and resources to deal with the overall recruitment and management process.

“Our findings revealed that they often turn to training providers or organisations but often this doesn’t work for them. The research showed that the most effective approach to make it easier for these companies to take on apprentices would be practical, one-to-one consultancy to support them through the process rather than producing generic guidance which is already available through other skills organisations.”

Gordon added: “By working with companies on a one-to-one basis, we will help lift the barriers that currently prevent them from launching apprenticeship schemes to secure a supply of people with the skills and competences they need, which are often not available on the external job market.

“We hope that this dedicated service will encourage more companies to invest in the next generation and help make them more effective, productive and competitive by addressing skills needs directly.”