AvantiGas praises apprenticeship schemes

AvantiGas praises apprenticeship schemes

AvantiGas has spoken out in support of the government’s proposed apprenticeship levy as it seeks to fill the skills gap in the LPG industry.

As news of the government’s apprenticeship levy for 2017 hits the press, AvantiGas has praised the current national apprenticeship programme which has helped it secure full time positions for all of its 20 apprentices.

The Chesterfield-based firm which employs around 200 staff across the UK, utilises apprenticeship schemes to ensure continuity of its knowledge base and delivery of high customer service. The government’s levy, which is set to be introduced in May 2017, is designed to fund three million places for apprentices and will be paid for by employers in England with a payroll of more than £3m.

Trish Thorp, HR and Training Advisor at AvantiGas, said: “We are exceptionally committed to encouraging more young people into an arena which is known to suffer from a skills shortage, and as a company we’re investing heavily in the future of this industry by pulling talent into our organisation and focusing on post apprenticeship development.

“We welcome the support the government is offering through the new levy and the plans to increase funding apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The desire to fulfil our customers’ expectations is high amongst our apprentice community and their success forms a key part of our business strategy, which is to create a workforce of experts, trained to the highest standards with exactly the skills we need.”

A recent survey by the National Apprenticeship Service reveals that 80% of businesses which invest in apprenticeship schemes benefit from a significant improvement in employee retention. Further data from the Centre for Economics and Business Research  shows that typically an apprentice can grow a company’s productivity gains by £10,000 a year.

Among the AvantiGas apprentice success stories is Jack Rigsby, Apprentice Draughtsperson, who has just been awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Chesterfield College for his enthusiasm and ability to practically and pragmatically respond to challenges. Jack’s manager, standard engineer and former apprentice draughtsman, Ben Bunting, has just completed his BEng degree, while fellow former apprentice LPG Engineer Kaleb Rothwell is celebrating achieving a HND in mechanical engineering and apprentice Ryan Ward has secured a full time role in the HR department.

AvantiGas is currently searching for its next generation of apprentices. To find out about apprenticeship opportunities, visit:


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