Recruitment drive to boost apprentice numbers

Northumberland County Council has made a £1.75 million commitment to providing great opportunities for young people, with a recruitment drive for 160 apprentices.

The ‘We’re Making it work’ recruitment campaign has started for the county council’s Apprenticeship Programme, which offers apprenticeships from entry level to Degree level. Over the last five years the council has taken on more than 1000 apprentices, with schools in the county taking on over 200.

Apprenticeship Coordinators will be supporting new apprentices, providing mentoring and advice to assist them through the learning process, along with a dedicated lecturing team.

Daljit Lally, Interim Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council, said: “We support hundreds of apprentices each year and they are incredibly valuable to the council and to businesses across Northumberland.

“Our current recruitment drive will see us take on 160 new apprentices this year, with the commitment that by 2020 we will be supporting up to 400.”

Wayne Daley, Northumberland County Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent option for all ages. They provide people with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge while working towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications.

“They aren’t just for young people either - they also suit adults who may be out of work or looking for a career change.

“There are some great opportunities across the county for people to gain the skills, and experience necessary to enter the world of employment.”

Over the last two weeks an apprentice recruitment  roadshow has taken place across the county, giving people the chance to go along for a chat, to ask questions and register interest in becoming an apprentice - 230 people have signed up so far.  There is still time to go along - the Roadshow will be at Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth on the  27, and 28 June, and at the entrance of Willowburn sports centre in Alnwick on the 29 and 30 June.

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