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Sound investment – not heavy costs

first_imgSound investment – not heavy costsOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Low completion rates have helped brand Modern Apprenticeships as a failureand prompted a Government rethink. But one engineering company has calculated theimpact of apprentice training on its bottom line – and the results areimpressive. By Elaine EsseryDoes a £9,000 return on an investment of £34,000 over four years seem like agood deal? K Home Engineering thinks so, which is why it is committed to apprenticetraining. Each apprentice makes a £9,000 bottom line contribution at the end of his orher four-year apprenticeship, according to a cost/benefit analysis carried outby engineering director Peter Kay.K Home Engineering is a multi-discipline management and engineering designcompany offering a range of services worldwide. It employs engineers in themechanical, electrical, instrumentation, civil/structural and processdisciplines. It is ISO9001 accredited and won the Queen’s Award for Export Achievementin 1998.Apprentices are taken on as trainee design engineers and follow a commonfirst year at Emta’s Cleveland Training Centre with day release to college fora Btec course. The cost of the first year, approximately £6,500, is met byTeesside Tec, leaving the company to foot only wage and National Insurancecosts. K Home also qualifies for a levy rebate of £3,600 from the ECITB foreach technician trainee completing their first year training.During their second, third and fourth years apprentices specialise accordingto their discipline, embarking on NVQ Level 3 in the company and continuing dayrelease up to HNC. An NVQ registration fee of £250 is payable by the employerin the second year, along with college fees of £500 per annum in years three andfour, in addition to employment costs.As they learn on the job, apprentices make a contribution to the business.”I analysed time sheets and used ten years’ experience of trainingapprentices to estimate what our apprentices contribute to the business onaverage,” Kay says. “In the second year 20 per cent of anapprentice’s time is recoverable as a CAD operator/technician. That goes up to40 per cent in the third year. In the fourth year 25 per cent of time isrecoverable as a CAD technician and 25 per cent as a CAD draughtsman as theybecome capable of taking on higher level work.”The analysis shows a break-even point after around two-and-a-half yearsbetween what an apprentice costs and the income he or she generates.Thereafter, income generation outstrips costs so by the end of the training anapprentice will have earned an estimated £43,000, while the training will havecost around £34,000, yielding a bottom line benefit of £9,000.100 per cent retentionBut short-term cost recovery is not the only reason K Home maintains itsapprentice training programme. It does so to overcome a shortage of designengineers in the area and to fill a void caused when major Teessidemanufacturers ceased to train technicians ten years ago, says Kay.”It would be disastrous for us not to take on apprentices,” hesays. “We are losing 30,000 engineers a year in the UK through naturalwastage and people going abroad and we are only putting 15,000 back, so thatleaves us with a deficit and employers are unable to recruit.”Kay takes on board the argument that companies spend time and money trainingyoung people only to see them leave, but he says, “If everyone adoptedthat attitude we would get nowhere. We all need to contribute to thepool.”The company has not experienced the problem of apprentices failing tocomplete their training, and has a completion and retention rate of 100 percent. It puts its success down to careful selection and thorough training whichenables apprentices to contribute to the business progressively and see thecareer opportunities it has for them.Kay undertook the cost/benefit exercise mainly to demonstrate the financialadvantages of apprentice training to other engineering employers and toencourage them to step up their own training efforts.The company is founder of the Tees Valley Engineering Partnership (TVEP)which aims to improve the quality and quantity of engineering training in thearea. Helping smaller companies is one of the aims of TVEP. “We are all inthis together and it is in all our interests to support training,” hesays.Changes aheadIn February Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett announcedmajor changes to boost apprenticeships, including an extra £30m to train250,000 young people next year. National Traineeships are to become Foundation Modern Apprenticeships(FMAs), leading to Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (AMAs) in a bid to create acoherent structure, clarify terminology and improve progression routes.Among changes being considered by Blunkett are:Independent monitoring and supportFinancial incentives for employersAwards for traineesLicensing of employers who want to engage AMAs.DfEE officials are preparing a consultation document on the proposals. Arethe announcements welcome news for K Home? Kay has mixed feelings. For onething he would like to know more details about the plans. “I am not surewhat Mr Blunkett’s ideas are for creating two different types of ModernApprenticeship – it sounds very complicated. Direct financing of training isalways welcome and better than indirect finance such as ECITB levyrebates,” he says.But he fears other proposals may not help. “Setting up independentmonitoring would mean more money not going into training. And I’m not happywith the idea of licensing employers, as doing this would undoubtedly putadditional administration costs on employers. What about voluntary regulationor self-regulation through, say, something like the TVEP?” he suggests.He is also doubtful about the impact of the Government’s proposed increasedinvestment. “£30m to train 250,000; if my maths is correct that equates to£120 per trainee – not a lot.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Honeymoon in Vegas Begins Broadway Performances

first_img Honeymoon in Vegas Ready to win big? Honeymoon in Vegas begins performances at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on November 18. The new tuner features a score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman. Gary Griffin directs a cast led by Tony nominee Rob McClure, stage and screen favorite Tony Danza and Broadway.com vlogger Brynn O’Malley. Opening night is set for January 15, 2015. Based on the 1992 film, Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (McClure), a commitment-phobe who finally proposes to his girlfriend Betsy (O’Malley). The couple heads to Vegas to get hitched, but when the smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, he arranges for Jack to lose big in a poker game so he can claim the bride-to-be as his own girlfriend. The company also features David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar, Matt Allen, Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Albert Guerzon, Raymond J. Lee, George Merrick, Jessica Naimy, Zachary Prince, Catherine Ricafort, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Erica Sweany, Cary Tedder and Katie Webber. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

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Panama edge Honduras 1-0

first_imgPANAMA kicked off play in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win over host Honduras on Friday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.Fidel Escobar scored the only goal in the 22nd minute, when his right-footed free kick from 22-yards out took a slight deflection off Honduras’ Romell Quioto before hitting the back of the net.Although other chances were hard to come by in the first half, both sides were more dangerous after the break and were unlucky to not generate additional goals.In the 57th minute, Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo produced two outstanding stops. He made a diving save off a Diego Reyes effort from the right side of the box and, seconds later, the 35-year-old custodian thwarted Alberth Elis at point-blank range.Blas Perez had an opportunity to double Panama’s advantage in the 57th minute, only to miss way wide of the near-left post despite being completely unmarked in the box.Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober maintained his side’s hopes in the 65th minute. The Olimpia standout first blocked Alberto Quintero’s initial attempt and then dived at the left post to prevent the ball from crossing the line as the midfielder tried to slot home his own rebound.Elis had an opportunity to equalise in the 89th minute, but was unable to connect from the right side of the box.Panama returns to action on Tuesday by welcoming Mexico to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, while Honduras will stay in San Pedro Sula for a visit from Trinidad & Tobago.(Sportsmax.comPlast_img read more

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Giants get 1st look at Cole in 8-2 loss to Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of the baseball game on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh. It was Cole’s major league debut. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Having won the World Series two of the last three seasons, the San Francisco Giants have rarely been an afterthought.They were role players, however, when Gerrit Cole made his major league debut Tuesday night, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and hitting a two-run single in his first at-bat to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory over San Francisco.The top pick in the 2011 draft, the right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96 mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.“We knew he had big-time talent and he showed it,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had good command of his pitches, he located pretty well and did a good job of keeping us off balance with his breaking pitch to go with the fastball.”While Cole commanded his pitches, Pirates reliever Tony Watson gave the Giants a scare. The left-hander hit second baseman Marco Scutaro with a pitch on the left pinkie in the seventh inning.The pitch bent the finger backward and Scutaro left for a pinch-runner. However, X-rays were negative and the Giants averted losing their second infielder to the disabled list in the same day. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval went on the DL before the game with a strained ligament in his left foot.Scutaro thought his finger was broken and was concerned that he might miss some playing time.“It was bent, like a snake,” Scutaro said. “If you try to pull it straight, it goes back down. It looks pretty bad. I guess what they said is it’s not broken but I don’t really know.”Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each.San Francisco put two runners on in the first and loaded the bases in the second against Cole (1-0) but failed to score in either inning.Cole then set down 13 in a row, starting with Scutaro’s flyout to end the second. The Giants finally broke through in the seventh inning, but the Pirates had built a 5-0 lead by then.Many of the 30,614 in attendance cheered every move made by the pitcher who is expected to be the Pirates’ ace of the future.“Really, I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Cole said. “The guys played great defense and we scored a lot runs. I was able to take us pretty deep into the game and I even got lucky and got a hit. It’s tough to draw it up any better than this.”The sizable crowd for a weekday game, though, caused problems for the organization, which instituted a new security measure for fans entering the stadium. The use of electronic wands slowed down the entrance procedure and Pirates President Frank Coonelly issued an apology during the game.Tim Lincecum (4-6) gave up four runs — two earned — on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings while striking out four and walking two. It was the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s fourth loss in his last five starts.“I kind of put myself in some holes with some pitches that weren’t really even close to the zone,” Lincecum said. “I really wasn’t challenging the zone with quality strikes. When I did throw quality strikes, they put them in play and hurt us.San Francisco reliever George Kontos, who gave up a two-run home run to Alvarez in the seventh inning, was ejected for hitting McCutchen with a pitch in rear in the eighth. There were a total of four hit batters in the game.“It was the right thing to do,” Bochy said of the ejection. “Both benches had been warned and George hit him. That’s the way it goes in that situation.”Cole snapped a scoreless tie when he lined a two-run single into right field in the second inning with one out and the bases loaded. Cole did not have hit during his two seasons in the minor leagues, going 0 for 6 with three strikeouts.“I got totally lucky there,” Cole said with a grin. “That’s my first hit since high school. It’s been a long time and I wasn’t expecting it.”Martin, Alvarez and Walker singled to load the bases with no out. After first baseman Brandon Belt reached two rows into the stands to catch Clint Barmes’ foul pop, Cole delivered in his first plate appearance.Lincecum was knocked out during a two-run fifth that pushed Pittsburgh to a 4-0 lead. Marte’s solo home run, his sixth, made it 5-0 in the sixth.San Francisco closed to 5-2 in the seventh when pinch-hitter Brett Pill drove in a run with a ground out.The Pirates answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to increase the lead to 8-2. Martin singled in a run and Alvarez hit his two-run homer, his 14th.“We put some pressure on (Cole) early but we just couldn’t get the big two-out hits when we needed them,” Bochy said. “We didn’t take advantage of what opportunities we had.”NOTES: San Francisco recalled INF Nick Noonan from Triple-A Fresno to take Sandoval’s roster spot. Joaquin Arias started at third base. … Pittsburgh placed LHP Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day DL with tightness in his left forearm to open a roster spot for Cole. RHP Charlie Morton, who had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last June, is expected to come off the DL and pitch Thursday against the Giants in Rodriguez’s place. … Giants LHP Barry Zito (4-4, 4.06) faces Pittsburgh LHP Francisco Liriano (4-2, 1.75) on Wednesday night.last_img read more

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