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|Title:||Apprenticeships are the Way Forward|
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As more young people look for alternatives to University, the trend for apprenticeships is growing and Doncaster is no exception.
Since April 2013, over 130 Doncaster youngsters have been offered the chance to give their careers a kick-start thanks to a new apprenticeship push by Doncaster Council, through their internal apprenticeship scheme and initiatives including Skills Made Easy a Sheffield City Region programme.
The Skills Made Easy programme, operating under Doncaster Council’s umbrella of business support ‘Business Doncaster’, provides businesses with support in recruiting and training apprentices and provides local people with the opportunity to learn workplace skills.
The popularity of apprenticeships has risen sharply in the last two years as youngsters are given the opportunity to earn while they learn. They can deliver skills designed around your business needs as well as bring new ideas to your business
A survey for the National Apprenticeship Service found that 92% of companies said that an apprenticeship programme provided them with better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones explains: ‘there are now more opportunities to do apprenticeships, because businesses are starting to see the potential in them. We are experiencing more and more businesses showing interest in taking on an apprentice but we are not resting on our laurels. We want to see more businesses investing in training for the future’.
She added: ‘All businesses, no matter what sector they are in, need to invest in a workforce with the right skills required for current and future market demands. Taking on an Apprenticeship can be an excellent way to ensure this happens. ‘
There are around 250 different apprentice frameworks available and the range of different companies already engaging with Business Doncaster to creating apprenticeships is vast. Ranging from Decorators, Engineering and IT companies through to Solicitors, Cafes and Tree Surgeons, with new business types engaging with us all the time!
Business Doncaster support businesses from creating the position, job descriptions, policies and contracts right through to sourcing the correct training and provider, accessing grants, advertising the vacancy and supporting with the recruitment, even sometimes helping the company to actually interview applicants.
Caron Oldrieve, co-owner of Surecare, Doncaster has recently taken on an apprentice and said ‘The Skills Made Easy team were recommended by a colleague of ours who has worked closely with them and they have been excellent. They took care of all of the groundwork to find a number of suitable candidates for us to choose from’.
‘While our apprentice has only been with us for a short period of time she has definitely helped lift the workload with regards to the lighter duties for example answering the telephone and covering the reception area. I would recommend the Skills Made Easy Team to another business looking to recruit an apprentice.’
Chloe Chadwick, Apprentice at Premier Care Direct said ‘Since starting my apprenticeship last year, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience. My confidence has grown along with my abilities to deal with different situations that occur on a daily basis. The nerves I had to begin with when first starting my apprenticeship were soon forgotten due to the excellent training and guidance I received’.
If you are interested in taking an apprentice for your business, you will not only be helping a young person into the workplace, but you will benefit from their energy, enthusiasm and new ideas. It will also have a great impact on local youth unemployment figures and kick start a new wave of educated and talented young people in local businesses to ensure future economy growth in Doncaster.
Interested? Call our friendly team NOW on 01302 735555 or email SME@doncaster.gov.uk. Alternatively visit www.businessdoncaster.com
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