SCORES of people have found work thanks to the sensational success of a Scarborough apprenticeship scheme.
The 100 in 100 project was launched only nine weeks ago in the hope of getting 100 businesses to pledge to take on an apprentice in 100 days.
Only two-thirds through the scheme, the number of pledges is already at 73.
A total of 52 businesses in and around Scarborough have agreed to take on apprentices, with some learners in new positions.
Scarborough businesses that have signed up to the scheme include The Glass House Cafe Bistro and North Bay Railway, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Plaxton, Beiderbeckes, Deepdale Computer and Dale Power Solutions.
Scarborough father Tim Hartley, 46, was volunteering at Saint Catherine’s Hospice. Thanks to the scheme, he has secured a permanent position at one of the charity’s shops while he studies towards an NVQ in Retail.
Mr Hartley said: “It is great for me to know I have a job while studying towards valuable qualifications which will help me towards my career in the future.”
The scheme has also seen 18-year-old Natalie Harrison swap her retail job for a career in business administration and HR. Miss Harrison, who is working at Yorkshire Coast College, while studying for an NVQ, said: “After I finished school I didn’t want to go to University so I got a job in a shop.
“Now I feel I am getting my career on track, getting experience in a working environment, earning money, and getting my qualifications.”
Organisers of the 100 in 100 scheme have been delighted with the early success of the project of the North Yorkshire Coast Apprenticeship Challenge, which was launched by the Scarborough Evening News in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service and Scarborough Council.
Nick Wilson, the Yorkshire and Humber director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “To have achieved over 70 Apprenticeships opportunities in 58 days is an incredible achievement. We have been genuinely overwhelmed by the level of support for the campaign from Scarborough businesses and are extremely grateful to every employer who has committed to recruit an apprentice.”
A number of local training providers, including Yorkshire Coast College, YH Training and Derwent Training, are supporting the campaign and are ready to help employers with high quality training.
As part of the scheme an Apprentice Job Fayre is being held at the Spa on May 26 between 4pm and 7pm, where learners can find out about signing up to the apprenticeships.
See the Evening News on Thursday 19 for an updated Apprentices supplement.