Get an apprentice, Rugby firms urged

Cllr Alan Cockburn
Cllr Alan Cockburn

Businesses in Rugby are being urged to hire more apprentices following reports that many young people are being deterred from going to university.

Warwickshire County Council says it is trying to ensure that a wide variety of apprenticeship opportunities are available to young people in the county and is encouraging small and medium-sized businesses in the county to consider taking on an apprentice.

The council is itself setting an example and currently has 14 apprentices working in teams as diverse as finance and forestry. It has created a website (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/getanapprentice), Twitter (@WarksApprentice) and Facebook page (search for ‘Get An Apprentice’), supported by an advisor who can provide independent and objective advice to businesses interested in taking on an apprentice.

County council deputy leader Cllr Alan Cockburn said: “It is vitally important that we encourage the business community to get behind apprenticeships in Warwickshire and make it as easy as possible for employers to take on a young person. The benefits to the business and the apprentice can be enormous.”

Torin Spence, the county council’s ‘Apprenticeship Hub’ manager, said: “New skills, fresh talent and an extra pair of hands to help a business meet its needs are just some of the benefits of taking on an apprentice, providing employers with vital extra support to help them grow.

“We want to raise awareness and understanding of apprenticeships, make it as easy as possible for Warwickshire businesses to go through the process of finding a provider and apprentice, and overcome myths and misconceptions.”

For more information, visit the website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/getanapprentice