Fire and Security firm Chubb has launched a national Centre of Excellence offering electrical engineering, fire security and mechanical fire protection apprenticeships.
Dave Millett, Head of Learning and Development for Chubb said: "Our apprentices are key to the long-term future of the business, and we are committed to helping those new entrants to the fire and security industry develop the right skills."
Chubb's training schemes will now be run at Training 2000's facility in Blackburn, as part of their collaboration with the Training Quality Standard provider.
The move has been praised by the Forum of Private Business who recently warned MPs that apprenticeships were facing an "identity crisis" in light of the government's controversial work experience scheme.
A recent survey by the Forum showed 46 per cent of small business use day release and college training schemes and 31 per cent on-the-job training but many suggest employment red tape often prevents them getting more involved.
Speaking at last week's FIRESA Conference (see full Twitter coverage), Princes Trust's National Fire Liason Officer George Martin told fire supply companies of the need for more training to be available to young people.
Outgoing FIRESA Chairman Dave Russell said: "Following [George's] presentation and the subsequent attendance levels at our launch event in Morecambe it was clear the Team programme was inspirational.
"Not only does it deliver practical help for disadvantage young people but also allows us [FIRESA] to work in co-operation with the UK Fire and Rescue Service and put something back into the community."
For more information on the Princes Trust scheme visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/fireandrescue
Click here to watch new FIRESA Chairman Derek Gotts talk about the associations plans for the year ahead
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