W Academy and Education has launched a drive to get 100 young people jobs as apprentices before the turn of the year.
The company, based in Scotland Street, Sheffield, says it has launched the drive because many businesses in South Yorkshire are failing to capitalise on the benefits of recruiting apprentices.
Managing director Marc Wildes said: “We feel that businesses in South Yorkshire are not taking advantage of this opportunity.
“As we currently have a pool of talented young people who are eager to succeed, we want to remind them of the growing importance of apprenticeships and work with them to find the right apprentice that can make a valuable contribution for the future.
“We currently have 86 young people actively working with us to find them jobs but we need more vacancies to match them against. We want employers to pledge a vacancy to get another 100 16 to 23 year olds into work by the New Year. There are clear benefits for apprentices, employers and the wider employment landscape when the tailored training and work place experience method is put to good effect. We are always looking for young people interested in apprenticeships.”