VOTE: Helping 100 young people into 100 apprenticeships in 100 days
WE need your help to get 100 young people into 100 new apprenticeships in the next 100 days.
The Grimsby Telegraph, in partnership with the Grimsby Institute and North East Lincolnshire Council’s Change programme, want to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, young people and the wider community.
Today marks the launch of our 100-Day Apprenticeship Challenge and we need your help to get young people and businesses working together to improve job opportunities in the region.
The campaign will focus on young people who are ready and willing to become apprentices, it will track their partnership with local companies and help get more people into work.
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We are appealing to companies large and small to sign up to take on new apprenticeships – helping to combat unemployment while providing themselves with a self-trained workforce for the future.
At the same time, we need young people aged 16 to 24 to come forward and commit to work-based learning, with a view to acquiring the skills they need for a job for life.
Over the coming days we will tell you what apprenticeships are, how they can benefit businesses and individuals, and – most importantly – how the 100- Day Apprenticeship Challenge could change your life.
A key sponsor of the campaign, the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education is the largest provider of vocational qualifications in North East Lincolnshire.
Hugh Callaway, executive director of marketing and student recruitment, said: “We are delighted to be playing a major role in the Telegraph’s 100-Day Apprenticeship Challenge.
“All sorts of employers can take part in this challenge, we have a wide range of apprenticeship programmes and our Work Based Learning team will work very closely with businesses to make sure they find the right apprentice. This joint initiative is an opportunity to make a real difference.”
And we are also supporting anyone over the age of 24 who needs help getting back into work, thanks to North East Lincolnshire Council’s Change programme.
Community investment manager Andrea Fitzgerald said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for young people to get the chance to learn vital skills for employment, gain recognised qualifications and get a weekly wage.
Former cruise ship dancer Sophie Hambling who is studying an advanced apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering. She is helping to launch the Grimsby Telegraph's 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge.
“They also help to raise the aspirations of young people who do not necessarily want to continue education, but still want to get a career.
“For many who are not in employment this is one way of getting into work, learning new skills and gaining valuable experience.
“It is important to invest in young people as they are the future workforce and they will support a positive and growing local economy for the future of the area.
“Apprenticeships are also a great opportunity for businesses to grow and develop their workforce in a cost effective way.”
The managing director of the Grimsby Telegraph and the wider GSMG group, Mark Price, believes promoting apprenticeships is crucial to the future growth and success of the area.
He said: “Growth is dependent on our ability to nurture home grown talent so our workforce is properly equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow and apprenticeships are a vital part of that.”
If you are a company boss or young person and are interested, call the numbers below for help NOW.
Employers interested in taking part in the 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge should call – 01472 311240
Prospective students should call – 0800 315002
Anybody aged over 24 and is struggling to find employment should call the North East Lincolnshire Change programme on 01472 874301