Name of Company:K&M McLoughlin Decorating
Programme Name:Pre-apprenticeship programme
Staff in London:95
The small business K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd has been running an apprenticeship programme for the last 16 years, retaining over 90% of qualified apprentices into the company.
However, identifying that the drop-out rate of K&M’s new apprentices was extremely high, K&M designed a five-week pre-apprenticeship ‘Introduction to Work‘ programme to improve employment skills and increase interest in the construction industry amongst young people.
The project is as a three-way partnership between Islington Council, who provided funding, City & Islington College, who provided the formal accreditation, and K&M, who delivered the programme. The Managing Director, Kevin McLoughlin is highly involved by running interview workshops, introduction to the course and exit interviews. Other staff have gained formal tutor qualifications to support the participants as mentors.