Ofqual warned of ‘adverse effect’ of Carillion collapse on apprentices

Tes reports that apprentices affected by the collapse of Carillion will be helped to find new employers and training providers.

The move comes after one of the country’s leading apprenticeship-awarding organisations issued a warning to Ofqual about the potential “adverse effect” the construction giant’s demise could have on its learners. Carillion, which is the second biggest construction firm in the country, went into liquidation last week after getting into financial difficulties.

The government, through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has asked the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to find employers and new training providers specifically for 1,400 of Carillion’s construction apprentices.

NOCN will also help Carillion apprentices to complete their training. The group now includes CSkills, which it recently acquired from CITB, so the total number of learners registered with the now-merged awarding organisation is 2,586

A NOCN spokesman said the exact details of who will be helped will become clear in the comings days. He said that, as a responsible awarding organisation, NOCN notified Ofqual of the potential “adverse effect” on learners from the Carillion collapse.

NOCN’s managing director, Graham Hasting-Evans, said he was saddened by the news of Carillion’s demise.

“I have met with CITB and we have jointly agreed that our organisations will work closely together to ensure apprentices are properly looked after over the coming months.”

A Department for Education spokesman said it was grateful to CITB for helping to ensure learners can continue to gain the skills they need.

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