NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK – CELEBRATING AND PROMOTING APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE EAST RIDING

The sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from March 11 to 15 and East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be playing its part in celebrating apprenticeships and promoting the positive impacts they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

The council’s employment and skills team offers a variety of services to prepare people for apprenticeships, identify and create apprenticeship opportunities and enable people to access apprenticeships.

Training programmes, such as the Fast Forward to Apprenticeship scheme, funded by Jobcentre Plus flexible support fund, are already yielding results in the East Riding by supporting unemployed people aged 16 and over who want to become an apprentice, and ultimately get a job.

Young people on the programme, which runs in Goole, Beverley and Bridlington, receive training and support in applying and finding apprentice opportunities.

As well as guidance and assistance for would be apprentices, the council also offers support to local businesses and organisations looking to take on and apprentice, with those that employ up to 1,000 employees potentially eligible for a new grant to help cover the costs.

Until March 2014, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will provide up to 40,000 apprenticeship grants, with a value of £1,500 each, to eligible employers who commit to employ one or more 16-to-24-year-old apprentices. Businesses and organisations can apply for these grants via a training provider such as East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s employment and skills team.

Eligible employers are those who have never employed an apprentice before or who have not employed an apprentice within the last 12 months. The £1,500 grant is in addition to the Government funding already available for the training costs of the apprenticeship framework.

For more information or to check eligibility, call the employment and skills team on (01482) 887670.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is committed to assisting our residents to access apprenticeship opportunities, support the area’s business community and provide a robust response to grow the local economy.

“National Apprenticeship Week is an ideal platform on which we can all recognise the valuable contributions apprentices make to our economy and highlight the benefits of apprenticeships as a possible career path and the value they can have for businesses and organisations.”

Events, opportunities and success stories will be shared over the course of the week on the council’s website and through the council’s Twitter account, just follow @East_Riding

For young people looking to become an apprentice at the council, or with an external East Riding business, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/finding-work/apprenticeships or for opportunities nationwide, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Alternatively visit RecruitER and apply to join the council’s apprenticeship pool at www.recruiteastriding.co.uk

For businesses wanting to find out more about recruiting an apprentice visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/business-advice-and-start-up-support/finding-staff-and-apprentices-for-your-business/