Suffolk celebrates Apprenticeship Week
During Apprenticeship Week the ‘Go with the Flow’ youth bus has been visiting high schools across the county to raise awareness of the apprenticeship options for students.
Onboard the bus is a number of apprenticeship training providers and other key stakeholders who will not only answer questions about apprenticeships and employability skills but offer a number of activities on board for young people to take part in. Activities include: engineering, construction, hospitality and catering, hairdressing and IT based activities.
Since the beginning of the week the ‘Go with the Flow’ bus has visited 18 schools and has seen almost 500 young people.
By raising the profile of the value of apprentices to local businesses and demand from young people for apprenticeships in Suffolk, the county council hopes to raise the number of 16 -18 year old apprenticeship placements. This would have a positive impact on lowering the number of young people currently not in education, employment or training in Suffolk.
Councillor Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder responsible for economic development said: “I am delighted to see so many young people taking an interest in their future careers.
“Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work- based training with over 100,000 employers offering apprenticeships with more than 200 different types of job roles in Suffolk alone.
“We currently have 1500 young apprenticeships here in Suffolk but I expect to see more young people signing up to an apprenticeship as it is a fantastic way to make that first step onto the career ladder.”
Jessica Twinley a year 10 pupil at Claydon High School said: “I thought the bus was really helpful.
“There was loads of information to do with child care, which is an area I’m really interested in.
“I want to do something which is more practical based and an apprenticeship seems like a good way to achieve this.”
For more information about apprenticeships and advice about courses and employment opportunities please look online via: http://www.thesource.me.uk/
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