Build UK Update

Build UK updated trade association members including TICA at the may forum and below is a summary of current topics: Duty to Report – the Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance requires all large companies who meet at least two of the following thresholds for two consecutive financial years to report on their payment practices eve[read more]

New Rules for 20% ‘Off the Job’ Training

TICA has produced a guide to help employers in England and Wales understand and work to the current ESFA funding rules on planning and delivering a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. From May 2017 the Government, through its funding agency the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has introduced new rules to manage the delivery of off-th[read more]

Apprentice Accommodation Funding (England/Wales only)

Following a change in government funding rules around the accommodation element of the apprenticeship standard funding, weekend stays for long distance apprentices can no longer be paid through the residential element of the standard funding cap. TICA will now be working with employers to ensure compliance with the very strict 20% ‘off the job’ [read more]

Free Asbestos Awareness Training For TICA Members!

TICA has teamed up with an external learning platform to create an asbestos awareness on-line course. Following consultation over the past year with our IETTL Trustees, the trust has agreed to fund the platform development, and free of charge licences for all TICA members on an annual basis. This new member benefit means that operatives worki[read more]

Next Inductions for TICA Apprentices

The dates for our next round of Inductions are: 02 July 2018 for one week 09 July 2018 for one week There are 10 places on each Induction, based on a first come first served basis. We will help you to recruit your apprentices by: writing and promoting your apprentice vacancies carrying out an initial sift of the applications ar[read more]

Annual Apprentice Conference

TICA attended the Annual Apprenticeships Conference in Birmingham – raising the profile of the Association and sharing best practice amongst industry peers. As well as presenting a paper on the 20% off the job training requirement for apprentices registered on the Standards, CEO, Marion Marsland and Operations Manager, Madeleine Hill were waitin[read more]

Got an Apprentice? We Need Your Feedback!

So that we can ensure we are providing you with the best possible training provision we will be contacting all TICA Members in the coming weeks with a view to obtaining feedback about all aspects of the training programme. Your views are very important to us and also a requirement of our funding contracts so we really do need you help and support[read more]

Virtual Skill Card

Got your phone?  You've got your Skill Card... Over the next few weeks, we will be launching Virtual Skill Cards, in addition to physical Skill Cards. Virtual Skill Cards are a more secure option for you as they are almost impossible to copy, reducing the number of fraudulent Skill Cards/CSCS Cards that are currently in circulation. The Virtu[read more]

TICA’s New Apprentice Double-Take

We’ve given two Thermal Insulation Apprentices a career boosting opportunity. 17 year old Kian McNally and Ross Graham, 20 have been taken on by TICA after they were made redundant by their former employer at the end of 2017. The move means the pair are now directly employed by the Association and will complete their training with a variety o[read more]

Recruitment is Going Well

Recruitment of 2017/2018 apprentices is going really well, numbers are higher than 2016/2017 already with 3 more Induction weeks scheduled for early in 2018. The remaining dates for Inductions are as follows: 08 Jan 18 for one week: English & Welsh Non Levy Paying Employers 22 Jan 18 for one week: English & Welsh Non Levy Paying Empl[read more]