- 28/04/11 - 515 new apprenticeships for Somerset
515 new apprenticeships have been created for local young people since the start of January. Our campaign target of 100 apprenticeships in one hundred days was met early on thanks to the positive response from businesses across Somerset.
Throughout the campaign we have shown that apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to recruit and train young people, and that they can help transform the raw enthusiasm of young people into valuable skills that will benefit businesses now and in the future.
Emma Hubbuck, Chair of Street Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: "Business people base decisions about their company on credible information and facts. Their support for Strode College's apprenticeship campaign shows that they believe apprenticeships really do make good business sense."
We have also shown that modern apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries and that they can help support the regional economy. And, as the government thinks apprenticeships are a great way to get young people into work, the number, variety and quality of vacancies looks set to increase.
With their unique combination of learning and work, apprenticeships have a strong role to play in fulfilling the potential of young people, particularly those who do not want to continue in full-time education.
There are currently over 2300 young people aged 18-24 looking for work in Somerset and over 502 16-18 year olds not in education, training or employment. More school leavers will join them this summer, so the need for good training and jobs for our young people will continue.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "We are delighted that our apprenticeship campaign has helped generate many new opportunities for young people across Somerset. I want to thank the Federation of Small Businesses, local Chambers of Commerce and Strode College's business and professional contacts who have responded so positively to the challenge.
"While celebrating the success of the campaign which ends tomorrow, we should remember that the need for a broad range of quality education and training opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships, does not end. I am proud to be the Principal of a College which helps young people make the most of their potential and prepares them for the future, and I encourage local businesses to continue their support by offering more apprenticeships."
All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeships website.