Employers Urged To Back Apprentice Scheme

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging employers involved in engineering and manufacturing in the Thames Gateway area to head back to college on Wednesday 16 December to find out more about how they can benefit from the Essex Apprenticeship Scheme.

Between 5.00pm and 8.00pm experts will be available at Prospects College in Crompton Close, Basildon to explain how the scheme works and why Essex County Council is employing such apprentices and why they need businesses willing to accept the apprentices on placements.

Essex FSB Education, Skills and Business Support spokesman, David Miles, said: “Essex County Council has identified Engineering and Manufacturing as the key sectors for growth in the county and aims to increase the number of apprenticeships available in these sectors.

“Under the scheme Essex County Council will employ 120 young people as engineering and manufacturing apprentices while they undertake a one year Level II apprenticeship.

“Companies are invited to contribute to a Timebank of work placements with apprentices spending at least 12 weeks in the workplace.

“The project reduces the risk to companies by employing and paying the full costs of apprentices but it does mean that businesses need to be willing to get involved so these young people get real practical experience in different types of engineering and manufacturing which will help them get good jobs at the end of their apprenticeship.

“That is why Essex FSB is encouraging employers to pop in to this meeting and find out how this innovative scheme can bring big benefits to their business.”

More details are available at www.fsb.org.uk/essex/apprenticeships/engineering-manufacturing.

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