A campaign to find 100 apprenticeships in 100 days has been launched
Bolton Council launched the scheme to employers at the Find Your Future jobs fair at Bolton College.
The aim of the campaign is get 100 apprentice placements with Bolton businesses in 100 days. The initiative provides school leavers with their first step on to the jobs ladder and supports young people into education and a life-long career.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services and Skills, Councillor Nick Peel, will ask local businesses to pledge their support at the jobs fair.
One of the council’s priorities is to improve the skills of its residents and the council works closely with training providers and employers on apprenticeship schemes. Training providers include Bolton College; Training for Today; Alliance Learning, and Bolton Wise.
Financial incentives and support are available for businesses who sign up an apprentice, provided employers use an accredited training provider.
Councillor Peel said: "We want to encourage employers to take on an apprentice and help young people into work a time when finding employment is hard. Due to the economic climate businesses have thought twice about taking someone on but there is help out there for them.
“An apprenticeship is a real job with training and it’s a way of earning while you’re learning and picking up a recognised qualification. Apprentices really bring value to a business and organisations often say that apprenticeships produce motivated, highly skilled and loyal employees.
“We want to make sure the current generation of young people have the right skill set for jobs that will be created in the future and our businesses have a key role to play in this.”
Apprenticeships provide an integrated programme of learning through a combination of on and off the job education and training with more than 180 subjects on offer across 80 different sectors of industry.
To become an apprentice you must be aged 16 to 24, live in England and not be in full time education.
Bolton businesses can contact Linda Smithies for more information on 01204 333713 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apprentices looking for an apprenticeship opportunity should contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.
Other partners on the scheme include Bolton at Home, Jobcentre Plus, and the National Apprenticeship Service.