Apprenticeships can take you anywhere. That's the message for Portsmouth young people and employers in National Apprenticeship Week (14–18 March).
During the week, Portsmouth City Council is promoting apprenticeships as a great career move for many young people, and a valuable opportunity for businesses. Apprentices and managers from the council will feature in publicity, encouraging people to find out more.
The council employs 41 apprentices across its services, with more in the pipeline. Like other apprentices, they get work experience and on-the-job training, boost their skills and gain qualifications – all while getting paid.
Jordan Salvage, 20, a legal apprentice with the council, said: "Being an apprentice works for me because it gives me a good career path and practical experience. You study and get paid, which is great."
Maxine Jackson, an estate manager with the council, said: "Hiring apprentices has been a great success for our housing services. It's bringing in new blood. Our apprentices could be the managers of the future."
Later this year seven more young people will join the council to work as social care and catering apprentices in residential homes.
A recruitment event for social care apprentices, also including other care providers, is planned for the summer.
Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "The council is right behind National Apprenticeship Week because apprenticeships give local young people the opportunity to train and develop while they work, setting them on the right track for the future.
"We're totally committed to employing apprentices, because it means we can help young people find careers, develop our workforce for the future, and bring on new staff where we have shortages of the right skills."
Young people looking for local apprenticeships can go to www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Employers can find out more by searching "employ apprentice" at www.gov.uk
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Some national facts:
- Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.
- Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries.
- There are 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
- A quarter of former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing,
- 89% of apprentices said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship.
- 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
- Traineeships are a great stepping stone. 84% of providers and 94% of employers consider them an effective way of increasing young people’s chances of finding paid jobs and apprenticeships.