Major drive to boost apprentice numbers

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership has got behind a major drive to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer and is encouraging 150 local businesses to take their first steps towards employing an apprentice
Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership has got behind a major drive to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer and is encouraging 150 local businesses to take their first steps towards employing an apprentice

Businesses in Northamptonshire are being encouraged to take on more apprentices.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) has got behind a major drive to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer and is encouraging 150 local businesses to take their first steps towards employing an apprentice.

Its campaign will focus on firms that have not taken an apprentice before and aims to boost awareness of the positive benefits of the apprenticeship scheme.

The NEP is holding a series of events for companies across Northamptonshire this month and next. These will explain the benefits of offering an apprenticeship position and how it works for business. There will also be a chance to speak to employers, hear first-hand about their experiences of taking on an apprentice, and find out how their businesses are benefiting as a result.

The apprenticeship drive is timed to coincide with Government and top employers calling on young people to “Get In. Go Far” by choosing an apprenticeship.

The Government campaign showcases the variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer to young people, and coincides with the introduction of 40 employer-designed apprenticeship schemes which aim to place university degrees and apprenticeships on an equal footing.

The NEP’s Job Brokerage team has already successfully placed several apprentices, including with Northamptonshire-based UberShop.

UberShop’s managing director Stephen Mold said: “We were extremely pleased with the support provided by NEP’s Job Broker team during the recruitment process.

“The team found us an ideal candidate who is clearly very ambitious and has already positively impacted the business.

“We think it’s vital to address the skills shortage and help train our young people to be the business leaders of tomorrow, and will look to recruit further apprentices in the future.”

Jobs Brokerage manager Jo Stewart said: “It is really important to attract a wide range of opportunities that foster young talent for the sustainability and growth of Northamptonshire businesses and the county’s economy as a whole across all key sectors.

“It is also important for businesses to fully understand the benefits, adopt the right approach to find the best candidates and take advantage of all the financial support available. These events provide the ideal opportunity to find out what’s involved.”

For more details visit www.northamptonshireep.co.uk.