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Series of events mark National Apprenticeship Week

Published on 27 February 2017

PEOPLE in Leicester will get the chance to find out more about local training opportunities as part of National Apprenticeship Week (6-12 March).

Leicester City Council’s Apprenticeship Hub has organised a series of events to bring together employers and people of all ages who could benefit from apprenticeships.

On Monday 6 March, jobs will go live for one of the hub’s regular #Hub100 events. This means people will be able to browse through the opportunities that will be on offer at a #Hub 100 event on Thursday 16 March.

#Hub100 is a chance for people who are interested in apprenticeships to meet face-to-face with recruiters, without having to apply in writing first. There are more than 100 roles to choose from, across a range of sectors.

On Tuesday 7 March, an Access Point session at Connexions will offer advice, guidance and support to young people who want to search and apply for apprenticeships. The session runs from 10am until 4pm and places can be booked by calling 0116 454 1770.

Businesses are invited to a breakfast event at City Hall on Wednesday 8 March. They will be able to find out more about the benefits of offering higher and degree-level apprenticeships, where training costs can be covered by up to 90% Government funding. Businesses can book by visiting http://ow.ly/j0wK308x15t

On Thursday 9 March, there’s an apprenticeships jobs fair at Jobcentre Plus, Charles Street, from 10am to 12pm. And on Friday 10 March, the focus will be on construction with an Apprenticeships in Construction event at City Hall. Booking is required for this, by emailing apprenticeshiphub@leicester.gov.uk

Assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, Cllr Sue Waddington, said: “These events give prospective apprentices of any age the chance to find out more about apprenticeships and whether they are the right path for them. If they decide it's the way they want to go, our Apprenticeship Hub makes it easy for them to apply.

“Apprenticeships offer great opportunities to young people and adults. Now we’re seeing even better prospects for those wanting to progress, thanks to foundation and degree-level apprenticeships.

“These are set to become far easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to access for their employees, with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. We know that employers really value apprenticeships, so we’re pleased to support them through events like these.”

The apprenticeship levy is a national scheme being introduced by the Government, which will see very large businesses helping to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. It should make it easier for smaller businesses to afford and recruit apprentices, as the Government will pay 90% of the training fees.

The city council’s apprenticeship hub helped at least 134 people into apprenticeships last year.

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