National Apprenticeship Week takes place between the 9th and 13th March this year and to coincide with this, a new campaign is being launched in partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings to successfully place apprentices within the workplace.
‘You’re Hired East Sussex’ is a countywide campaign led by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, the district and borough councils, colleges, training providers, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.
The campaign seeks to support 500 employers, 500 young people, in five districts/boroughs, in just five months.
One company reaping the benefits of having Apprenticeships is travel firm 247 Transport, based in Hastings. Chris Vale from Garage 247 Transport said, ‘Apprenticeships are a great way to improve the quality of your workforce and there is a ready-made free recruitment process that gives the employer the opportunity to view students in the workplace environment before signing them up.’
Two other employers working with SCCH, Entertainment Workshop and Fresh Egg, have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2015 Apprenticeships for England Employer of the Year Awards.
The campaign is running for five months and will outline the benefits apprenticeships can bring to businesses, and highlight the support available for businesses considering this route.
Apprenticeships can help drive a high-skill, high wage economy and give young people the skills they need to hit the ground running. Primarily for 16-24 year olds but older adults too, apprenticeships mean people can earn while they learn, receive on the job training, a wage, and a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of it.
The campaign will kick off on Monday 9th March during National Apprenticeship Week with simultaneous launch events at Eastbourne Town Hall, Stade Hall in Hastings and Lewes Town Hall. At the events, businesses will be able to meet others in the business community, apprentices, and apprenticeship training providers and hear from former HR Director of the Royal Mail and now CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green (TBC).
The campaign will culminate in a closing ceremony in September to celebrate the number of pledges received from the businesses taking part and the young people beginning their apprenticeships.
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