Step onto the career ladder at jobs fair

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IF you’re looking to learn new skills, gain a professional qualification and get on the career ladder, an apprenticeship could be for you!

The National Apprenticeship Service and Scarborough Borough Council, in conjunction with the Scarborough Evening News, recently launched a new initiative to increase the number of apprenticeships in the area, and with vacancies now available, we’re looking for potential candidates to come forward and find out more at a jobs fair being held next week.

The North Yorkshire Coast Apprenticeship Challenge was launched only ten 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 – you could be one of these apprentices!

A total of 52 businesses in and around Scarborough have agreed to take on apprentices, with some learners in new positions.

Nick Wilson, director for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Apprenticeships are a proven way for individuals to gain the skills they need to succeed and progress in their careers. Through the Apprenticeship Challenge there are an increasing number of employers in Scarborough offering apprentice opportunities.”

We need help recruiting enthusiastic and committed candidates for these apprenticeship opportunities and we want you to be part of it.

To hear more, come along to the Scarborough Apprenticeship Job Fair on Thursday May 26 at the Spa in South Bayfrom 4-7pm. There is free parking at Aquarium Top underground carpark for the event.

Advisers from the National Apprenticeship Service, JobCentre Plus and Scarborough Jobsmatch will be there to give you help and advice in applying for jobs.

Local Training providers participating in the campaign will also be available to talk to you about the range of apprenticeships available.

Local employers are also invited to meet potential candidates for their apprenticeship vacancies.

If you can’t make the event, or want to get started right now, read through this supplement for more information on what an apprentice involves, the benefits and testimonials from businesses currently employing apprentices.

You can also visit the National Apprenticeship Service website and find out how to search and apply for vacancies, and where to go for further support at www.apprenticeships.org.uk