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Big demand for apprentices, says training provider
According to training and work-based apprenticeships company Positive Outcomes, each week, dozens of UK businesses are desperately seeking 16-18 year olds to take up vacancies for an average of three hundred apprenticeships each week.
"Apprenticeships and work-based learning schemes are a fantastic way for 16-18 year olds to get a job, learn a skill, get qualifications and earn a wage," said Positive Outcomes' managing director Chris Longmate. "Despite the current climate, there are more apprenticeship vacancies than learners at the moment."
The company's apprenticeship team manager, Sarah Hills, added: "We work exclusively with some of the UK's largest and best known private sector companies as well as a high percentage of public sector organisations which use our unique dedicated Apprenticeship team to find them 16-18 year olds looking to earn whilst they learn a profession and skill, something this age group of school leavers often miss out on simply because they are unaware of the fantastic apprenticeship schemes open to them."
The company says national employers are looking for apprentices in a variety of areas including business administration, customer service, retail, and IT. "We know that many school leavers are very keen to work in IT and our clients simply can't get enough IT apprentices. It is definitely a big market opportunity for school leavers," added Sarah Hills.
Positive Outcomes' apprenticeship team works towards finding candidate apprentices for employers, and delivering on-the-job NVQ work-based training to employees aged 16 and upwards.
Sarah Hills said: "Our staff work with the learner to establish the type of sector and job they are looking for and then with employers to match the right candidate to the apprenticeship scheme. "16-18 year olds can earn a minimum of £95 per week on the government-funded apprenticeship, work-based training scheme, with some clients often choosing to pay more."
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