A ray of light in the uncertain times surrounding news of Carillion, construction giant's liquidation: the government has announced that the 1,400 apprentices left without a job or course security will be supported in search for employers to continue their placements with.
Many young people were left unsure of their futures since the news that Carillion, the UK's largest construction apprentice employer, was dissolving, but things are now looking up.
The DfE has retracted its initial offer to pay apprentices up until only the end of January 2018 – they will now be provided with continued financial support "while alternative employers are being sought".
The qualification progress of the apprentices won't be lost either. The government is planning to transfer them to the Construction Industries Training Board (CITB) for the rest of their apprenticeships, so hopefully it will soon be back to business as usual.
A DfE spokesperson has announced that the CITB has secured continued training and placements for over half of the apprentices affected by Carillion's collapse, and is working hard to find alternative options for those still without work.
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