Wednesday, February 9, 2011

News: Apprenticeship campaign launched in South Yorkshire


The National Apprenticeship Service and the Rotherham Work and Skills Board have embarked on a new initiative to increase the number of Apprenticeships in South Yorkshire and are inviting businesses to be a part of it.

The "100 in 100" Apprenticeship campaign runs from February to May 2011 with the aim of 100 local companies committing to recruit or start to train 100 apprentices in 100 days. The launch coincides with National Apprenticeship Week, promoting the benefits of Apprenticeships to local businesses.

The value and volume of Apprenticeships is growing rapidly and the government is offering an exclusive opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the scheme, creating an additional 50,000 places available immediately and a further 100,000 over the next four years.

Nick Wilson, Regional Director for the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), said: "In an increasingly competitive world, Apprenticeships are one of the very best and most cost-effective ways for employers to grow their own talent."

The cost of training is either free or subsidised and the Apprenticeship minimum wage is £2.50 per hour.

The scheme has been launched in collaboration with training providers The Source, Pertemps People Development Group, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and Dearne Valley College, to spread the word of the government Apprenticeship initiative to local businesses.

National Apprenticeship Service website



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