Manchester says 'yes' to employment scheme

New scheme to raise awareness of modern apprenticeships

Published:  15 July, 2011

A new scheme has been launched in the North West of England to combat a 'lack of awareness' surrounding modern apprenticeships.

A plan, named 'Yes to Apprenticeships' has been launched to explain to employers that they can hire a trainee for as little as £5000 per year. The campaign is managed by the  Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and its Apprenticeship training provider Skills Solutions.

Heather Green, director of Apprenticeships at Skills Solutions, added: "Despite an increase in individuals signing up to take part in apprenticeship programmes across the region and a renewed interest in Apprenticeships from within the media, there is still sometimes a lack of awareness or understanding of what they can really offer."

Mark Smeeton of Motorsave Ltd, added: "Automotive employers have always embraced Apprenticeship programmes and make a point of saying yes, and we absolutely want to encourage this to continue. The automotive industry offers the perfect backdrop to provide practical training and with some of the biggest brand names in terms of dealerships, manufacturers and aftersales organisations based in the UK, it is only right we, as an industry, are leading by example.

"Apprentices are bringing to garages new skills that can be used for a changing market of renewable technologies. So ultimately, saying yes to taking on an apprentice is saying yes to trained staff, yes to the next generation of talent, yes to Government funding and yes to the future or your company and industry - so the question is, why wouldn't the industry want to say yes?"

The scheme will encourage employers to take advantage of new government funding over the coming months.

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