Apprentices take first step into bright future

New apprentices with Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore, second from left, front.
New apprentices with Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore, second from left, front.
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TEN young Sheffielders are training for careers after signing up to the council’s apprenticeship scheme.

The Sheffield Apprenticeship Programme is being rolled out to give jobless over-16s not in training or education the chance to learn new skills, experience the world of work, and gain a qualification.

The first intake of young people is currently undergoing pre-placement training for work experience which will begin in early October.

Every three weeks, more young people will be taken on the training course until 100 apprenticeships have been secured.

Businesses in the city are being encouraged to support the scheme by taking on an apprentice, and 100 business leaders and employers were given an insight into the initiative by Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore at an event to promote the authority’s Opportunity Sheffield initiative.

Opportunity Sheffield is a Sheffield Council employer support programme which encourages businesses to take apprentices, and more than 200 have been arranged.

Of the 2,500 employers involved, 663 at-risk jobs have been sustained, many by the 456 different training opportunities that have been arranged by the project. Some 155 new jobs have also been created.

Coun Dore said: “Opportunity Sheffield has done a great job in promoting and securing apprentices for young people in the city and I would like to thank them for the work they have done so far and urge them to keep it up.

“The new Sheffield Apprenticeship Programme is different in that it aims to encourage young people who may not have been successful in the past at gaining an apprenticeship, or are most likely to fall out of education, employment or training and in need of support.

“I would like to encourage all businesses in the city to get involved and support our young people to help equip them for entering into the jobs market.”

The council’s new apprenticeship programme will cost £1 million each year, half of which is from a council grant and half from employees.

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