Wirral Globe: 100 Apprenticeships

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Wirral Globe: 100 Apprenticeships
Wirral Globe: 100 Apprenticeships

Back in the day, apprenticeships were often thought of as something just for young people deemed not academically bright enough to go to university. Today, apprenticeships are becoming the career path of choice for many school-leavers who want to get straight into work, rather than saddle themselves with thousands of pounds worth of university debt.

Is there any financial support for taking on apprentices?

If you are a business employing up to 1000 employees and interested in recruiting a young apprentice, you could be eligible to receive the £1,500 AGE (Apprenticeship Grant for Employers) 16 to 24 grant.

AGE 16 to 24 is aimed at supporting businesses to grow by employing young people through the Apprenticeship programme. AGE provides grants to employers to support them to do this. For more details, visit the National Apprenticeship Service website on www.apprenticeships.org.uk

The Youth Contract Wage Incentive Scheme is available to employers recruiting young people between the ages 18-24 into a job over 16 hours per week, which would last 6 months or more. An amount up to £2,275 can be paid to support these costs.

If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship there are lots to choose from:

  • Accounting
  • Business administration
  • Childcare
  • Construction trades (wood occupations/trowel occupations)
  • Customer service
  • Electrical installation Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • IT application specialist
  • IT software, web and telecoms Management
  • Motor vehicle
  • Plumbing
  • Retail
  • Team leading
Wirral Globe: 100 Apprenticeships

Wirral Met exceeds the 100 Days Apprenticeship Challenge target

We are delighted to announce that the 100 Days Apprenticeship Challenge 2014 has been an overwhelming success. With the support of Wirral Globe readers, Wirral Metropolitan College has not only achieved the target of signing up 100 apprenticeships in 100 days – it has exceeded it! The college has signed up 117 apprentices through 75 local businesses. Of the 117 apprentices, 73 were in the 16 to 23 age group, which means that Wirral Met, in partnership with the Globe and the National Apprenticeship Service, has helped a significant amount of local young people into employment. “This is an achievement for which we are very proud,” said a spokesman for the college. “Our thanks go to those employers who have contributed their stories to inspire new employers to take on one or more apprentices.”

For many employers, it is now an integral part of their recruitment policy to take on apprentices, as they recognise the value and benefits to the business that an apprentice can bring. Apprenticeships are thriving in England, with significant government investment and a talent pool of more than a million potential employees making it the ideal time for companies to take advantage of the opportunities for business growth provided by employing apprentices. Research among employers shows that apprenticeships can help businesses grow by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Currently, more than 100,000 employers in England offer apprenticeships in 200,000 locations, covering more than 170 industries and 1,500 different job roles.

Wirral Globe: 100 Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship - it's the Business

Careers in business encompass a wide range of opportunities, whether you would like to be an administrative assistant, accountant, receptionist, IT manager, human resources manager or want to work in marketing or events management. As an apprentice you can earn while you study towards qualifications. Jobs in business support cover almost every industry sector, from manufacturing companies to hotels, hospitals and the financial services sector, each of which offer many different roles, from junior to senior positions.

Administrators can earn from £12,000 to £20,000 per year, human resource officers can earn between £18,000 and £25,000 per year and retail managers can earn from £20,000 to £40,000 per year (source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk). A business and administration apprenticeship is about playing an important support role within a business or organisation. Administrators handle the day-to-day tasks in an office and make sure that things run smoothly – 97 per cent of employers say that effective administration is essential to their business, so they do a crucial job. The term ‘administration’ covers roles that involve organising people and resources, including executive assistants, secretaries, administration assistants, data entry clerks and office juniors.

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