Council on track to create 100 new apprenticeships

With nearly 50 days to go until the 2016 campaign finishes, businesses are invited to get in touch to find out how they could benefit.

100 in 100 runs from September to December and aims to create 100 pledges for apprenticeship job vacancies in 100 days. The apprenticeships offer 16-24 year olds access to quality employment and related training. This is the fourth year that the council has run the campaign and apprenticeships have been created in a variety of sectors, including hospitality, business administration, accountancy and childcare. 

Employers can sign up to recruit an apprentice by applying online at www.ealing.gov.uk/apprenticeships or by contacting the council’s apprenticeship team. The team is also on hand to provide practical support, information and specialist advice to small companies setting up placements for the first time. 

Financial support is available for small and medium sized employers that have less than 1,000 staff and have not previously provided an apprenticeship. Those who are eligible can apply for a grant of up to £1,500 from the government to help fund the placement. 

Councillor Peter Mason, cabinet member for prosperity, skills, employment and transformation, said: “For the fourth year in a row, we are on course to exceed our target of 100 apprenticeship pledges proving once again how valuable these placements are to both businesses and young people. They are a great way to bring fresh, new talent in to an organisation and our award-winning apprenticeship team is on hand to help every step of the way. 

“We are very close to our target and want more businesses to come forward and pledge to take on a young person. If you are a business owner and are interested in finding out more, please get in touch. We would love to help you to join the thousands of businesses across the country growing their own workforce through apprenticeships.” 

More information about local apprenticeships is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/apprenticeships or by calling 020 8825 6234.