Future Skills Pledge

Do you have the right workforce for the future?

Would you pledge to take on a building services apprentice in the next academic year?

We are looking for employers who are interested or willing to pledge to take on an apprentice to help our industry close the skills gap and to help your business develop a workforce with skills for the future.

WhY TAKE THE 'future skills' pledge?

Our industry has what is considered an ageing workforce: the number of employees above 60 is increasing more than any other age group and the biggest reduction is in the total of workers under 30.

According to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ‘this will have a serious affect on the industry, as essential skills will be lost when employees retire. This exacerbated by the fact that the number of new recruits is declining and there will be nobody available to replace those retiring.’

Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in helping close the building services skills gap and we all have a role to play to support our industry and the future skills we desperately need.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where the apprentice will learn, gain experience and get paid. The apprentice is an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have the right skills and knowledge needed for their chosen career.

It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one is chosen, what level it is and the apprentices previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and you as the employer.

Why take on an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely. You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

The benefits for your business

According to gov.uk, 'hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service'

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • They’re motivated to learn new skills
  • You can expand and upskill your workforce


There are a number of building services apprenticeships available across England, Scotland and Wales:


  • Building Services Engineering Craftsperson - Level 3
  • Building Services Engineering Installer - Level 2
  • Building Services Engineering Service and Maintenance Engineer
  • Building Services Engineering Technician
  • Gas Engineering Operative
  • Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician - Level 3

Find out more about building services apprenticeships in England.


  • Domestic Natural Gas Installation and Maintenance - Modern Apprenticeship
  • Refrigeration/Air Conditioning - Modern Apprenticeship
  • Facilities Management (Hard FM) - Modern Apprenticeship
  • Heating and Ventilation (industrial and commercial) - Modern Apprenticeship

Find out more about building services apprenticeships in Scotland.


  • Heating and Ventilation Installer - Level 2
  • Heating and Ventilation Craftperson - Level 3
  • Service and Maintenance Engineer
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Find out more about building services apprenticeships in Wales.

Support and funding IS available

Support and funding is available to help businesses such as yourself to recruit apprentices. Incentives differ dependant on where in the country you are located:

Will you take the ‘Future skills’ pledge?

Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the future economy.

We are looking for employers who are willing or interested in taking on an apprentice(s) this year or in years to come.

The 'Future Skills' pledge does not require commitment at this stage but would enable us and our college partners to identify the demand in advance.

Once the pledge has been made, we will contact you to understand your requirements and which college can deliver the training.

So, will you take the 'Future Skills' pledge?

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