EMPLOYERS are to be encouraged to grow their own talent at a free Business Breakfast taking place at Leek Golf Club in March, as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014.
Bosses are invited to make an early start and find out more about taking on an apprentice to improve their business productivity at the event hosted by Buxton and Leek College on Tuesday March 4.
A spokesman at the college said: "Widely regarded as a specialist in the field of apprenticeships, Buxton and Leek College has strong links with over 400 local employers which means trainers know just what they are looking for in an apprentice, can identify job roles of the future and help apprentices to find the best placements to suit their career ambitions and abilities.
"Through Skillsbase, the college’s own training and development organisation, apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether just leaving school or seeking a new career.
Training is available at all levels and includes administration, beauty, business, carpentry and joinery, childhood studies, children and young people’s workforce, construction, customer service, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, ICT, IT, software, web and telecoms, process manufacturing and sales including telesales."
Figures released by the National Apprenticeship Service show that apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people and there was a 24 percent increase in apprenticeship vacancies posted online between August and October last year compared to the same period in 2012.
More than 100,000 employers currently use apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages.
The spokesman added: "Employment is a fundamental part of the training and apprentices tend to be not only eager and motivated but also loyal to the company that invested in them. Statistics show that, after finishing, 85 percent of apprentices stay in employment with two thirds remaining with the same employer.
"A third received promotion with a year of finishing their training and three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job.
"As well as apprenticeships through Skillsbase, the College offers flexible, employer-based training programmes to help businesses invest in the development of their workforce.
"From short courses such as IOSH and First Aid to longer-term skills development qualifications such as NVQs in Team Leading and Management, these courses are designed to help staff brush up on key skills, learn new ones or keep up with industry standards."
Employers will get a chance to talk to the experts and hear from current apprentices and business partners at the free Business Breakfast, at Leek Golf Club, Big Birchall from 8am on March 4.
The following day, would-be apprentices can find out more at a taster day running from 10am until 2pm at Buxton and Leek College’s Devonshire Dome, on Devonshire Road, Buxton.
Christine Leedham, who followed an apprenticeship in children’s care, learning and development which led to a full-time job in a nursery, said: “What’s so different about an apprenticeship is that it’s very hands-on. I know that I learn a lot more by doing things practically than by reading text books and my college assessors visited me at my workplace and observed me at work.”
College Deputy Principal Mary Blauciak said: “Apprenticeships really are the gold standard for work-based training. They provide employers with a cost effective way to harness new talent and fill their skills gaps while offering young people the chance to gain relevant on-the-job experience.”
To find out more visit the website at www.blc.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 0800 074 0099 to book your place at the business breakfast.