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Apprentice: Process operator Oliver Broughton, who has been part of the Stafforce initiative.
Apprentice: Process operator Oliver Broughton, who has been part of the Stafforce initiative.
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Stafforce is celebrating its success in being awarded Apprenticeship Training Academy status by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Rotherham-based UK recruitment businesses will now be able to offer a dedicated apprenticeship recruitment and management service, matching and placing apprentices with appropriate host employers.

Stafforce says the service will enable employers to appoint more apprentices who have already been vetted for their suitability and offer them more flexibility than if they directly employed an apprentice.

Paul Brammer, director of services for Stafforce, said: “Young people will be able to gain real-life skills and an industry-recognised qualification, as well as the best chance possible of securing full time employment on completion of their Apprenticeship.

“For employers, it means our professional recruitment service will match the right people to the right opportunities and they can gain all of the benefits from apprenticeships whilst minimising their risk.”

The Stafforce Apprenticeship Academy is part of the broader Stafforce Personnel business and will target businesss of all sizes in the Yorkshire and Humber’s food and drink, manufacturing, engineering and oil and gas sector in its first year.

The academy is already working with 77 apprentices and 16 host employers, including Total and PX.

Rebecca Brimble, from Total said: “The Stafforce ATA enables us to support the apprenticeship programme in the local area and develop skills for our industry.

“The professional service that the Stafforce ATA provides means we can sponsor apprentices and work with the ATA for the recruitment, provision of payroll, contracts and overall general support for the apprentices. In 2012 we recruited three of the apprentices that had been through the apprenticeship programme. We are also proud to say that some of our apprentices have won local awards for outstanding work during their apprenticeship.

The ATA model is a success for our business and provides us with the support to train people.”