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Apprenticeship campaign delivering opportunities

Tuesday 29 January 2013

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Wiltshire Council, working with partners, is ahead of target to deliver 1,000 apprenticeship opportunities underlining its commitment to supporting local businesses and people who are looking for work.

More than 770 people have started working as apprentices for local companies since the council started its campaign in July 2012. The aim is to reach 1,000 additional apprenticeship opportunities by July 2013 and for 100 businesses to take on their first apprentice.

The council has been working with local companies as well as the National Apprenticeships Service to promote the opportunities that benefit not only those seeking work but employers too.

So far 773 people have started apprenticeship posts, 85 percent of which have been taken up by people aged 16 to 24. The types of businesses range from bridal retailers to engineering companies and from IT and communication businesses to schools.

The news comes as a major event is planned in Trowbridge during National Apprenticeship Week (11 - 15 March 2013) which will see various employers offer taster sessions so people can try a type of work they might be interested in. The Have a Go Skills event, which are being funded through a successful grant bid by Wiltshire Council to The Skills Show, will take place on March 14 2013 at Trowbridge Civic Centre. The event will run from 10am until 6pm.

Businesses and organisations which want to get involved and offer people the chance to experience part of what it would be like to work for them should call 01225 756170 or email wiltshireapprenticeships@wiltshire.gov.uk

Fleur de Rhe-Philipe cabinet member for economy, said: “I am delighted this campaign is on target but it’s important to remember that this is about so much more than figures and targets; it is about supporting tomorrow’s future while helping today’s businesses. The knock-on effect of a person finding an apprentice post where they can learn and develop is significant not only for them but also their family, friends and the wider community.

“The Wiltshire Have a Go Skills event is a real opportunity for businesses to showcase themselves and support young people and I would encourage as many as possible to get involved.”

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