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Backing the 100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign in South Yorkshire

posted 9 Feb 2011, 03:25 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Feb 2011, 02:21 ]
The Star, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Rotherham Work and Skills Board have embarked on a significant new initiative to increase the number of Apprenticeships in South Yorkshire and we would like to invite you to be part of it.

The ‘100 in 100’ Apprenticeship campaign runs from 2/2/11 to 12/5/11 with the aim of 100 local companies committing to recruit or start to train 100 apprentices in 100 days.

The value and volume of Apprenticeships is growing rapidly and the government have made an additional 50,000 places available now and a further 100,000 in the next 4 years.  Nick Wilson, Regional Director for the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), said: “In an increasingly competitive world, Apprenticeships are one of the very best and most cost-effective ways for employers to grow their own talent.”  The cost of training is either free or subsidised and the Apprenticeship minimum wage is £2.50 per hour. 

Apprenticeships are available in all industry and business sectors and can provide training in nearly all job roles in any business.  Apprentices can be any age and can be a new recruit in the organisation or a more experienced existing member of staff who would benefit from on the job training and gaining recognised qualifications to progress in the business.

The National Apprenticeship Service focuses solely on delivering more Apprenticeships and supporting businesses to continue investing in skills.  “We understand that employers are very busy people who need to see results. That is why we work hard to make that happen” said Helen Gorner, Employer Services Director.  

The NAS provides free advice and support to employers by phone or by an advisor visit to help select the appropriate type of Apprenticeship, relevant qualifications, a high quality training provider to help deliver the training and a free web-based recruitment system that enables employers to advertise vacancies to high calibre students.

Rotherham Work and Skills Board employer members Bramall Construction, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and INE Nails are the first employers to back the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship campaign recruiting office, nail technician and construction apprentices and getting the campaign off to a flying start.  Now it’s your turn …

Local training providers Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, Dearne Valley College, The Source and Pertemps People Development Group are supporting the campaign and are ready to support employers with high quality training in a wide range of types of Apprenticeships meeting all employers’ needs of any size and any sector.

To back the campaign: 
Call:   Mike Long on 0114 267 5069 or 07795 827015
Email:   mike.long@apprenticeships.gov.uk