Campaign boost for county’s apprenticeships
THE Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Challenge campaign has been an overwhelming success.
The campaign was launched earlier this year by The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo and led by the economic partnership, GFirst.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Among the apprentices taken on are these at Lister Communications. Standing: Tom Hann, Paige Watson, Rosie Williams, Nadine Howlett. Seated: Sally Brown and Sam Birch
With the support of Gloucestershire, Stroud, Cirencester and Hartpury Colleges together with the National Apprenticeship Service, we aimed to encourage new employers to take on apprentices.
And companies that had done so in the past were urged to take on trainees in areas of their business where they had not recruited apprentices in the past.
The result is that 140 employers have taken on 198 new apprentices-and the figure continues to grow, providing young people with a vital first step on the career ladder.
Sarah Danson, development manager at GFirst, said: “We were completely overwhelmed by just how many new businesses came forward to support this campaign.
“Apprenticeships are vital for the future growth of Gloucestershire.
“With almost 200 brand new apprenticeship places being offered by these businesses since January, and hopefully many more to come, Gloucestershire’s future workforce will be highly skilled and be able to compete on a global scale.”
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