Apprenticeship pledge is signed

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Nine South Yorkshire organisations have shown their commitment to providing jobs and training by signing One Barnsley’s Apprenticeship Pledge, which aims to create 500 apprenticeships by April 2014.

Bosses of some of Barnsley’s largest employers have committed to working towards employing 2.5 per cent of their workforce in apprenticeship positions over the coming year.

Organisations who have already signed include Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Council, South Yorkshire Police, Jobcentre Plus, Barnsley Premier Leisure, Koyo Bearings, Stagecoach Bus and Barnsley College.

College principal Colin Booth said: “We have had nine leading organisations sign the One Barnsley Apprenticeship Pledge so far. We anticipate more employers will sign.

“Employers who sign the pledge are demonstrating their commitment to providing excellent apprenticeship opportunities within their business and their support must be commended.”

“I have never met an organisation which has found apprentices to be a cost to their business.

“An apprentice is an asset to any employer willing to make the commitment to help people succeed in their jobs and get the experience they need for a successful career.

“The organisations signing the pledge will aim to provide opportunities for an additional 500 people to start an apprenticeship programme over the next year.

“We believe their commitment will raise the profile of apprenticeships among many more employers.”