Tuesday, February 25, 2014

News: Be inspired at apprenticeships event

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Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council are joining forces to host the "Apprenticeships – Be Inspired" event as part of National Apprenticeship Week in March. Taking place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on the March 4 from 2pm to 7pm, it will offer businesses the chance to recruit apprentices on the day.

The event will be attended by school students across Sheffield and Rotherham who are seeking apprenticeships for this summer. Students will bring their CVs to the event to meet prospective employers and find out about the range of apprenticeships on offer.

The event is being run as part of the Skills Made Easy programme which operates across the Sheffield city region and is focused on helping employers find the training solutions they need for their business, whilst improving career opportunities for young people. Skills Made Easy is the part of the City Deal that helps small and medium sized companies across the Sheffield city region to get the high quality training of the type they need, in the place they need it and at the time they need it.

The programme aims to to create 4,000 new apprenticeships and courses to up-skill more than 2,000 adults. Other parts of the skills plan include a skills for growth partnership – accountable to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – where businesses will decide where cash can be best spent on training to boost the local economy. An apprenticeship and skills hub is also planned where trained account managers will specifically work with employers and colleges.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield Council, said: "We know that businesses face a skills shortage. Skills Made Easy overcomes the barriers businesses have long complained of about the apprenticeship system, ensuring each business gets the bespoke skills it needs. With these barriers removed apprenticeships are a great way to develop and grow a business and give our young people new opportunities.

"Apprenticeships offer the chance to recruit loyal members of staff and train them to meet the requirements of the job roles within your organisation.

"It is key we make it easy for businesses to grow and this event will provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses to recruit apprentices."

For more information about the event or to book your business a place please call Kerry Moon on 0114 2296163.

Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership website

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