Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News: 100 apprentices in 100 days


The challenge of recruiting 100 apprentices into apprenticeships in 100 days launches in Rotherham today. The campaign hopes to boost the presence of apprenticeships in the area and to help the local economy.

Rotherham College, Dearne Valley College and The Source are working with local businesses across South Yorkshire to meet the ambitions target and hope to match the success of previous years.

Backed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Investment & Development Office and the Rotherham and Barnsley Chamber of Commerce, the partners are challenging local business to support the campaign and get involved.

Companies looking to employ an apprentice could benefit from an employer grant of £1,500, free vacancy advertising including recruitment and selection support, and funded sector specific training.

Charlie Grayson, senior business consultant at Rotherham College, said: "Local employers are really positive about the benefits that apprentices bring to their businesses and the 100 in 100 campaign aims to help employers simplify the recruitment process and help them employ the best local talent.

"For employers, apprenticeships are a fantastic way to recruit enthusiastic employees with practical skills through the completion of an NVQ, technical training, and Maths and English. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures that apprentices learn the relevant skills that work best for your business."

Martin Harrison, principal and chief executive at Dearne Valley College, added: "The College has seen its apprenticeship scheme go from strength to strength, and the number of apprentices we have recruited has more than doubled in the last 18 months, with 300 apprentices currently enrolled with us and working within South Yorkshire businesses.

"It's fantastic to see that young people and employers in our region are recognising the fantastic work that Apprenticeships can bring, both in terms of progression and training opportunities for our young people, and for the development and increased success of the businesses who recruit them.

"By challenging ourselves to recruit 100 Apprentices in 100 days, we hope to reinforce the message that Apprenticeships are fantastic for those looking to gain industry-specific qualifications and real working experience with local businesses across the region."

The "100 Apprentices in 100 Days Challenge" launches today (March 3) with a free event taking place at the Higher Education Hub at Rotherham College's town centre campus. The event will help to prepare young people to start their apprenticeship career, offering free advice and guidance, tips on CV writing, interview techniques and much more.

The eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from March 9-13 2015, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

The week, which is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Rotherham College website
DVC website
The Source website

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