Sunday, 6 October 2013

Welcome for new opportunities for Southport school leavers

I hope Southport businesses will take up the new Traineeships programme that the Government has announced.

 To date local firms –including many small businesses -have taken on apprentices in the town.

Southport school leavers have taken up apprenticeships in record number. An  extra £20m is being made available to the government’s new Traineeships programme to support more young people into Apprenticeships

Traineeships, which began in August, provide 16 to 23-year-olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market – helping them secure Apprenticeships or other jobs.
Nationally more than 500 providers have pledged to take on trainees this year and so far 150 companies, both large and small, have all expressed an interest in offering placements to young people. They include household names such as BAE Systems, Siemens and Virgin Media.
Employers who are interested in getting involved can contact the National Apprenticeship Service
Traineeships last a maximum of 6 months and provide:
  • work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing
  • support to improve English and maths skills
  • a high-quality work experience placement (between 6 weeks and 5 months)
  • training from providers who are rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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