Langley Training Services (LTS) – a new social enterprise within the Langley Group – has been endorsed by the UK Government as a training provider. LTS delivers specialist apprenticeship training schemes directly to equip young roofers with future-proofed skills as the construction industry embraces the challenge of providing a more sustainable future.
The Level 2 Roofing apprenticeship, initially based out of Langley’s headquarters and training centre facility in Daventry is eligible for government funding. It follows the social enterprise successfully registering as an approved apprenticeship training provider (RoATP) with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
LTS is open to support eligible applicants aged 16 and above, with successful applicants travelling across the UK to gain hands-on, practical training. Those enrolled will likely include new trainees working under an employer who requires formalised core skills and knowledge for competence and progression in the workplace. The apprentices will focus on waterproofing skills, with future apprenticeships planned to support green infrastructure.
The creation of apprenticeship schemes is in line with the broader organisation’s Social Value strategy and core values of SPIRE (Safety, Purpose, Innovation, Responsibility, Expertise) to provide people with the skills required for the industry whilst bettering themselves. In establishing the social enterprise, Langley bolsters its reputation nationally for creating solid foundations for the next generation through professional qualifications and an overall approach led by quality and standards.
Increased funding from the government has arisen as a result of a recent analysis which has shown that for Net Zero housing targets to be met in the South East of England alone, more than 46,000 new skilled workers are needed. It also follows the NFRC reporting that over half of roofing and cladding contractors found it harder to recruit suitable labour in the third quarter of 2022.
Neel Bidessie, Director of Social Value and People Development, said: “Training is an integral part of the Langley culture. Through our history to date, we’ve earned an industry-renowned reputation for the delivery of high-quality services to support our partners, clients and broader supply chain and this new apprenticeship provision is no different – Langley Training Services is here to support internal employees, existing industry employees, passionate school and college leavers, individuals, and third sector organisations in equal measure.
“Ultimately, this provision leverages Langley’s capacity to improve people’s lives by opening the door to a world of opportunity in a rewarding career path. We’re confident this apprenticeship facility will deliver for the individuals and businesses involved, as well as play an important role in plugging the national skills gap in support of the government’s levelling up agenda.”
Langley Training Services is now open to applications, with the next cohort set to commence training this spring. With limited spaces available, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.