Campaign exceeds 100 target

Apprenticeships pledged by firms in Newark and Sherwood have exceeded the target set by the 100 Apprenticeships Campaign run by Newark and Sherwood District Council and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

The council has revealed that some 107 pledges have been received to date, including the latest pledge of six Apprenticeships received this week from Farrendale Electrical Services Ltd. of Ollerton, and the scheme is still running.

A total of 55 employers from a range of sectors have supported the campaign, including business services, ICT, retail, construction, automotive, public services, agriculture and engineering. Of these businesses, 43 employ less than 50 staff. A key aim of the campaign was to assist smaller employers who had considered employing an apprentice but needed support to do this for the first time. The campaign has demonstrated that businesses of every size and every kind can benefit from employing an apprentice.

Many employers have also benefited from the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24), to help grow their business by employing an apprentice. This is a grant of £1,500 per apprentice aged 16 to 24, available to employers who have not started an apprentice in the last 12 months and have up to 1,000 employees. The grant can be claimed for up to 10 apprentices. It has just been announced that this grant has been extended until December 2014.

The council’s Business Manager for Economic Growth, Julie Reader-Sullivan, said: “We are delighted to announce the scheme’s success in passing its 100 target and we want to say a big thank you to all the employers who have supported the campaign by pledging an apprenticeship opportunity. We are thrilled with the response that we have received from the business community.

“These apprenticeship vacancies have given young people the opportunity to get on the career ladder and gain valuable industry experience while working towards a nationally recognised qualification. In return, the enthusiasm these individuals bring to the role will support employers in filling skills gaps, developing specialist skills and possibly even identifying future business leaders.”

Although the campaign has exceeded its target of creating 100 new vacancies, it will continue until late September to support year 11 and 13 students who have just finished school, helping them to identify vacancies. Employers with an Apprenticeship vacancy who would like to pledge it to the campaign should contact Tony Jones at the National Apprenticeship Service on 0115 872 6323 or email tony.jones@apprenticeships.gov.uk

As part of the campaign, the Council is working alongside Lincoln College and Jobcentre Plus to run a pre-employment training course, supporting individuals who are looking to secure an apprenticeship opportunity. Individuals wanting to find out more can speak to their Jobcentre Plus Adviser to book a place on the Apprenticeships Selection Day, which takes place on Thursday September 12.

Richard Kisgory, Employer Accounts Manager at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “This campaign has been a success thanks to all the partners that have come together over the past few months for the benefit of businesses and young people in Newark and Sherwood.  I’m proud to have been a part of it and look forward to continuing this joint working.”

The council and the National Apprenticeship Service would like to thank a network of partners who have helped to make the campaign so successful, including The Newark Advertiser, Lincoln College, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Nottinghamshire Training Network, Futures Apprenticeship Agency, Newark Business Club, Newark and Sherwood Employer Engagement Group, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Jobcentre Plus and the district’s secondary schools.

The Newark Advertiser has recently launched the Newark Business Awards for 2013. The Council is sponsoring this year’s Employee and Apprentice of the Year award. This the first year an apprentice award has been given and is in recognition of the work done around apprenticeships within the district this year.
The National Apprenticeship Awards are also coming to Newark in September as the East Midlands regional final of the Awards is taking place at Kelham Hall on September 18.

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