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The expense of buying power tools for your course can be hard to meet for some apprentices. Nick Chan, Marketing Manager at HiKOKI Power Tools, explains why they have partnered with The Rainy Day Trust to help.

If you are an apprentice struggling to pay for your power tools, then help is at hand. The Rainy Day Trust is a charity that provides grants to pay for toolkits or safety equipment. HiKOKI Power Tools has been working with the charity to supply these at a beneficial rate.

nick chan from hikoki speaks about the rainy day trust for the sparks blog
Nick Chan, HiKOKI

The partnership between HiKOKI and The Trust is already helping apprentices and immediately after setting up, the Trust received its seventh application in just two weeks from an apprentice who needs power tools to progress with his course.

You can apply to the Rainy Day Trust for help with a whole range of things, from direct financial support to power tools or a new laptop so that you can finish your studies. The Trust knows that when they intervene, pass rates improve and it can make a significant impact on the lives of those it helps.

There is another reason for the partnership too. Tool theft has reached epidemic levels. Sadly, too many people are falling victim to it, which puts their livelihood at risk.

According to the findings of a Freedom of Information request, obtained from various police constabularies by Trade Direct Insurance, stolen equipment cost UK tradespeople £94,521,600 in 2016 alone.

nick chan from hikoki speaks about the rainy day trust for the sparks blog

These are distressing statistics from just one of the major insurance providers, and the industry is attempting to fight back. In 2018, 150 tradespeople took part in an Anti-Tool Theft Van Rally in Plymouth, and on social media there have been campaigns and petitions to raise awareness of the issue.

Practical help however, apart from precautionary measures, is hard to come by, especially if the theft has already taken place. We have heard of companies going out of business because of a theft. HiKOKI wanted to positively contribute to help alleviate some of the suffering caused by tool theft, and in a way that makes a difference.

Tool theft is a blight on our society and has the potential to wreck a business. If you are unlucky enough to be a victim of this crime and it has the potential to put you out of business, The Rainy Day Trust could be your first port of call.

Hopefully our new partnership with industry charity The Rainy Day Trust can go some way to help apprentices and right the wrongs experienced by some of those in the trade most in need. After all, apprentices are the future of our industry and the more HiKOKI and the Rainy Day Trust can help, the better.

nick chan from hikoki speaks about the rainy day trust for the sparks blog

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