YOU’RE hired was the phrase of the day at an event which saw Scarborough apprentices land jobs with local firms.
Organised by YH Training Services, the event brought together five employers with 28 potential candidates seeking a position.
The day-long event was called I Want and Apprentice – You’re Hired, and saw five potential jobs awarded as a result of the activities at the Ambassador Hotel.
Taking inspiration from the BBC’s Apprentice series, candidates worked in teams to complete the Make A Million Challenge, before a meeting in the boardroom.
John Senior, headteacher at George Pindar Community Sports College, who was one of the employers‟ on the panel, said: “This event was unique in that it provided a real opportunity to see a group of potential apprentices in a dynamic, work-based environment.
“To have had the opportunity to see them demonstrate team working, communication and time management skills, which they will need in any potential position, has been invaluable. This event has been a genuine opportunity, for genuine Apprentices to secure genuine positions.”
After the boardroom meeting, a number of the candidates were then shortlisted for a formal interview and two candidates, Alex Dean and Richard Plummer, were formally offered positions as apprentices by Mortgage Insight and Yorkshire Coast Homes.
The other employers, Harris Bell, George Pindar Scholl and Lifestyle Builders, have each shortlisted two candidates for interviews to be held next week.
Frank McMahon, managing director of YH Training Services, said: “We were exceptionally impressed by the enthusiasm of the young people and the outcome of the event. We have a number of employers who, due to work commitments, were unable to attend on the day. All of the other candidates from the event will be introduced to these and other employers and we will do our utmost to secure them apprenticeship employment.
“Following excellent feedback from both employers and the candidates we are now planning to hold this event more frequently.”
Alex Dean, who secured employment on the day with Mortgage Insight, said: “This event was a great way for potential employers to see how good candidates really are through a series of tasks as well as at interview. I’m really looking forward to building a career with Mortgage Insight and would like to thank them and YH for this great opportunity.”