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York Apprenticeship Challenge Hits Target


1:38pm 14th May 2014

The York Apprenticeship Challenge has reached its target, securing 100 pledges to create new Apprenticeship vacancies from local businesses in just 71 days.

The campaign, which started during National Apprenticeship Week and is led by City of York Council in partnership with local providers, sought to create 100 pledges from local businesses to create Apprenticeship vacancies in 100 days.

Businesses who have pledged to recruit an apprentice include; Minster Electrical, International Service, Papa Kata, Curtain Up Ltd and Business Support York and North Yorkshire.

Councillor Janet Looker, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People: “This is great news and I would like to thank all the businesses who have supported this campaign so far. One of the key priorities of the council is securing jobs and growth and it is pleasing to see so many local businesses support such a campaign. It is hoped that such vacancies across the city in a variety of sectors will help to keep young talent in York and offer them opportunities across the city. Whilst the target of 100 new vacancies has been reached the campaign is still ongoing and it would be great to see more vacancies created by local businesses.”

The one hundredth pledge came from Business Support York and North Yorkshire who are looking to recruit a Business Administration Apprentice.

Heidi Green, Business Support Specialist from Business Support York and North Yorkshire said, “We decided to employ an apprentice as we feel we have a lot to give by offering training and development to the right person. This involves various roles across administration, customer service and organisational skills which enables an individual to decide on their future career path. We had an apprentice in 2012/2013 and they gained a wide range of practical work skills and confidence that enabled them to progress on to gain employment in events organisation, the role they most enjoyed whilst undergoing their apprenticeship with us. We are proud to be part of this scheme and to support apprentices.”

The Challenge looks to create vacancies for local young people who are looking to start their career or change jobs this summer. City of York Council will be hosting an Apprenticeship recruitment event on 1 July at the Hilton Hotel from 4:30pm - 7:30pm with local employers who are offering vacancies as part of the campaign. This latest event comes off the back of a successful recruitment event which helped launch the York Apprenticeship Campaign which 300 people attended.

The York Apprenticeship Challenge is running until 9 June and hopes to raise awareness of both the business and personal benefits of Apprenticeships as well as receive 100 pledges to create 100 vacancies. Providers involved in the campaign are Askham Bryan College, Babcock Training, ETS (Electronic Technology Services), JTL Training, YH Training Services, York College, York Learning and City of York Council (York Apprenticeship Hub).

For more information or to follow the campaign visit the York Apprenticeships Facebook page (facebook.com/yorkapprenticeships) or follow @yorkapprentices on Twitter.

Local businesses who would like to hire an apprentice or find out more can contact: E: york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk T: Jo Burgess (York Apprenticeship Hub, City of York Council) – 01904 552200.

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