Doncaster businesses challenged to take on more apprentices

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The National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with 20 local colleges and training providers - including Doncaster College, are challenging local businesses to increase the number of Apprenticeships in Yorkshire and the Humber over the next 100 days.

The ‘100 Days Apprenticeship Challenge’ will be launched on Monday March 31 and is encouraging as many employers as possible to get involved before the July 8 2014. The National Apprenticeship Service is the driving force behind this regional campaign and is delighted to have the support of so many local partners.

Apprenticeships have been going from strength to strength within Yorkshire and the Humber with over 60,000 starting one last year, but we need many more businesses to get involved. They are vital to our economy and help businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Skills shortages and recruitment difficulties are just some of the barriers business face. Apprenticeships offer a route to the fresh new talent businesses need, ensuring they have staff with real skills and real qualifications they require now and in the future.

This significant new initiative, which can be for new recruits and existing staff, will support business to find the right Apprenticeship for their needs and put them in contact with a Training Provider that will work in partnership with them.

Anthony Knowles, Head of Employer Accounts for the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with so many colleges and training providers on this exciting new campaign. The support of local businesses is vital if we are going to grow the skills base of our regional economy.

“It will provide some much needed new opportunities for young people and by agreeing to take on an apprentice, employers are not only supporting their local community but they are also making a good business decision to grow their own talented workforce.

“I would urge all employers to look at their current and future recruitment needs to see if there is somewhere they could take on an apprentice.’

More information about the campaign and how to contact the partners involved can be found on the campaign website

This new campaign is also running alongside a sister campaign led by the National Apprenticeship Service in the North East.

List of local colleges and training providers sponsoring the 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge:

Baltic Training Services Limited

Barnsley College

Bishop Burton College

Calderdale College

Doncaster College

East Riding College

Eden Training Solutions Limited

Franklin College

Hull College Group - Hull and Goole

Hull College Group - Harrogate

Humberside Engineering Training Association Limited

Hull Training and Adult Education

Kirklees College

Lifeskills Solutions Limited

National Business College Limited

North East Lincolnshire Council

North Lindsey College

Wakefield College

West Yorkshire Learning Providers Ltd

YH Training Services