Next week sees the return of National Apprenticeship Week for 2019.
Worcestershire Apprenticeships is getting behind National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (NAW2019) to highlight the opportunities available for young people in Worcestershire and the benefits to potential employers.
This year, the week-long campaign to 'Create your Future' will promote apprenticeships in line with the national campaign 'Fire It Up' from 4th to 8th March 2019. Over the week a range of activities are planned across the country to challenge many of the outdated views people have about apprenticeships.
Our own successful Apprenticeship Programme offers apprenticeships at intermediary, advanced and higher levels in the following areas: Customer Service, Business Administration, Finance and Accounting, Social Care, Civil Engineering (Highways), and IT and Digital Development.
The County Council is actively working to expand the types and levels of apprenticeship opportunities that are currently available.
Daniel Watson, who is doing an apprenticeship in Business Operations with Worcestershire County Council said: "I chose to do an apprenticeship because it was this or university where I could rack up a lot of debt. Here I could get involved in a big business get involved with an area work that I wanted to get to grips with, get a lot of experience and get paid doing so. The support structure here is really good. You get to meet other apprentices who can help you and management is really friendly."
In 2018 around 5,000 people started their apprenticeships in Worcestershire.
The County has consistently had one of the fastest growing economies in terms of productivity. This is supported by a skilled workforce, underlining the importance and need for quality apprenticeships.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: "Providing our young people with the best start to get on in life and have a rewarding career is key to our growing economy. Apprenticeships can give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time.
“I am very happy to raise awareness of apprenticeships and encourage more employers to get on board and help young people blaze a trail of their own."
Another former apprentice Sam Kilmister completed his apprenticeship 4 years ago with Buzz Electrical, achieving the qualification of a City and Guilds Level 3 in Electrical Installations. He has remained with Buzz Electrical since finishing his apprenticeship and been working his way up through the ranks.
Sam said: "I've really appreciated the support and opportunities that the company has given me both during the apprenticeship and subsequently. I'm now one of the company's Contracts Managers and continue to grow in experience in a career I love."
For advice and information on careers for young people including apprenticeships visit the Careers Advice for Young People pages on the Council's website or visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.
Worcestershire County Council actively supports the Worcestershire Skills Show, the county's largest careers event which is taking place on Wednesday 13th March at Chateau Impney.
This event includes a large 'Apprenticeship Zone' and offers young people from Year 7 upwards the opportunity to meet with Worcestershire's largest employers from a variety of industries and understand how apprenticeships can help create their future careers.
For more information, visit the skills for Worcestershire website.