Apprenticeships offer school leavers the chance to ‘earn while you learn’ and provide flexibility on courses
AS more than 700,000 teenagers across the country are receiving their GCSE results today, the Chamber is highlighting apprenticeships as a great next step for youngsters looking for a career in the Humber region.
Elaine Clinton, the Chamber’s Head of Training, said: “An apprenticeship enables you not only to learn about your chosen career from day one, but, should you change your mind, enables you to move to a different apprenticeship, or career route as you will learn many transferable workplace skills.”
“Chamber Training will match new apprentices with employers looking to find trainees in various career paths. Courses currently available include Warehousing & Distribution, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Hairdressing, Business Administration, Customer Service, and Health and Social Care. Several Chamber members offer similar opportunities including engineering and the trades, all of which are in great demand locally.
Any school leavers who would like to find out more about starting an apprenticeship should call (01482) 611896 or visit www.chambertraining.com for more information.
Elaine said: “There is a skills shortage affecting the Humber region and the difficulties businesses have in recruiting suitable staff are well recognised.
“As students contemplate their next steps, it’s important to remember there’s more than one path to success in the world of work. While many school-leavers and their families consider a place at university as the traditional route to a rewarding career, they could be overlooking other exciting, technical avenues for development and progression.
“The new, high quality Apprenticeships allow young people to earn, learn and progress quickly in their chosen career. At a time when businesses are reporting critical levels of recruitment difficulties, employers are keen to help people develop practical experience, skills and qualifications on the job”.
Some of Chamber Training’s apprentices have excelled in their chosen careers. First year hairdressing learner Lillian Monaghan was one of the apprentices entered into the NHF Blackpool Hairdressing Competition 2019 for the ‘First Timers Blow Dry’ and won 2nd place. This was a fantastic achievement for Lillian, her employer Independence Hair Salon and Salon Apprentice, the Chamber’s own hairdressing salon, for its first entry into competition work.
Apprenticeships offer ‘hands-on’ experience, a wage and the opportunity of developing skills to provide sustainable employment.
Elaine added: “Businesses are working with schools, colleges and private training providers to help ensure young people are aware of the range of technical and vocational options available to them. The government must work with employers to maximise opportunities for young people to use apprenticeships to kickstart their careers.”