Wirral Globe: Wirral Metropolitan Apprenticeships

Thanks to the success of our 100 Apprenticeships in 100 Days campaign earlier in the year, Wirral Met College and Wirral Globe have teamed up again to call on local employers to support the 100 Apprenticeships Challenge once again.

Apprenticeships are an alternative way of gaining skills and qualifications whilst developing your experience in full time employment - and earning money at the same time! The 100 Apprenticeships Challenge aims to place 100 people onto new apprenticeship programmes and the campaign is open to any employer, whether they are a large multi-national enterprise or a small or medium sized company.

If you are an employer and interested in apprenticeships, Wirral Met College, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, will provide you with all the free guidance and advice you need. Even if you already employ apprentices, you can still get involved in the 100 Apprenticeships Challenge and seek new opportunities within your business.

Did you know? Anyone above the age of 16 can sign up and become an apprentice, they are not only available for young people. Even if you are already employed, talk to your employer and discuss the options to sign up to an apprenticeship programme, so that you can develop your skills and improve your prospects.

What does an apprenticeship involve? An apprenticeships programme is a package of nationally recognised qualifications covering practical job related learning, theory and understanding, and English and maths. These qualifications are all gained whilst working full time and earning a salary.

There are different levels of apprenticeships to provide you with a range of different qualifications. Wirral Met College offers over 100 different apprenticeship frameworks; from business administration, accounting, cleaning, hairdressing, IT to construction trades, property services, retail management and science. For more information on the different levels and types of apprenticeships available, and also to see current vacancies, visit wmc.ac.uk/apprenticeships or www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

Wirral Globe: Jack Langan-Evans is doing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation at Sunlight Property Maintenance

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds

Wirral Globe: Interested in an apprenticeship?
This is the last chance to access the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) for those with more than 50 employees! The eligibility rules will change on the 31st December 2014 after which only small businesses (those with fewer than 50 employees) will be able to access it.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme. Under the current eligibility rules, the grant will continue to operate for the rest of the 2014/15 financial year and will be used for apprentices with start dates up to 31 December 2014.

A new AGE 16 to 24 programme will begin from January 2015 focusing on small businesses (those with fewer than 50 employees). Under the new eligibility rules, employers will be able to draw down a maximum of five grants of £1,500. Fact sheets and other supporting documents are available on the apprenticeship website - Age 16 to 24

Don't miss out! Contact Wirral Met College’s Employer Services Team on 0151 551 7610 or email employer.services@wmc.ac.uk, to find out how you can take advantage of this funding before it runs out.

Wirral Globe: Open Evening, Thursday 6th November 2014

Interested in an apprenticeship?

Current apprenticeship vacancies include

Apprentice Chef at The Wro – closing date 31.10.14
Apprentice Hairdresser at Blades Hair Design – closing date 26.10.14
Apprentice Hairdresser at @the Salon – closing date 23.10.14
Apprentice Medical Receptionist at Great Sutton Medical Centre – closing 16.10.14
Villagers Hair Salon, - closing date 15.10.14
Administration Apprentice in Doctors Surgery at Riverside Surgery – closing date 14.10.14

Take a look at the following apprenticeship vacancies: visit wmc.ac.uk for details and apply online.

If you’re interested in a career within construction, why not take a look at an apprenticeship programme? The size and scope of this industry is massive, and the opportunities within the construction sector are just as big! An apprenticeship in this industry help you develop a career within the many trades that make our buildings work; including electrical engineering, plumbing, civil engineering, maintaining heating and gas networks, surveying and construction management, along with many other trades.

Wirral Met College provides intermediate (level 2), advanced (level 3) and higher (level 4) apprenticeships across the construction sector. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you can apply for a promotion or continue on to higher education including degree programmes.

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