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Plumbing apprentices take part in Covid-19 testing as part of a company pilot scheme

Apprentices started his plumbing apprenticeship this week and is part of a Covid-19 testing programme carried out by Pimlico Plumbers, says In Your Area.

The apprentices will be subject to daily temperature checking, the same as Pimlico’s tradespeople and head office staff. This is to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and keep staff safe.

Around 60 per cent of UK employers are halting apprenticeship recruitment, this has heavily impacted the number of apprenticeships which can start.

Previous national lockdowns restricted apprentice training but the current restrictions allow training providers and employers to continue to deliver their schemes.

Pimlico provides its engineers and field-based apprentices with full PPE for each individual job, keeping staff safe. This also includes vans which are all fitted with basins for regular hand-washing.

Charlie Mullins OBE, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “We had more than 600 applications for our latest apprenticeship vacancies. It shows there are young people desperate for a chance to join the country’s economic recovery. Employers need ramp up their apprenticeship activity and take advantage of the high-quality trainees that are out there; it’s common sense to me.”