Ambitious apprenticeships plan announced

By on 23/04/2013 in Leader, News

Launch of the 'Young Talent for Business' and ‘1,000 in 100′ campaigns to tackle youth unemployment in Birmingham.

The battle against unemployment among Birmingham’s young people steps up as two initiatives are launched today, Young Talent for Business and ‘1,000 in 100′, encouraging employers to take advantage of the benefits of Apprenticeship opportunities.

Launched today by the leader of the council, Sir Albert Bore, Young Talent for Business is supported by Birmingham City Council, National Apprenticeship Service and Department for Work and Pensions. It will see a multi-agency team work closely with employers to ensure that young people in the city are able to access vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities.

Both initiatives officially get underway on Thursday 25th April and the event will highlight the fact that it's a good time for employers to get involved – as well as having help and support to access a pool of young people, employers can claim up to £3,000 (through the Birmingham Jobs Fund and the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers) for taking on a young person, aged 16 to 24, for an Apprenticeship or other job opportunity.

The event held at the NTI building, Eastside, Digbeth, will also mark the launch of the '1,000 Apprenticeship vacancies in 100 days' challenge, with the National Apprenticeship Service, the council, employer organisations, colleges and training providers working together to encourage businesses in Birmingham to meet this target and boost the number of Apprenticeships available to young people.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It is vital that when our young people leave school they are given as much support as possible to achieve their ambitions, find employment, learn new skills and help contribute to making Birmingham a powerful centre of employment and entrepreneurism - and we are doing everything we can to make the process as smooth as possible for employers to provide opportunities for the city's young people.”

Karen Woodward, of National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Research that we have published recently clearly shows the tangible bottom line benefits of employing apprentices.  This and the financial assistance currently available to employers mean that there has never been a better time to get involved in Apprenticeships.  Along with our partners, we are committed to delivering these initiatives and help Apprenticeships to become the new norm for ambitious young people and expanding businesses.”

Employers who are interested in signing up to the campaign, or want to find out more can call the ‘1000 in 100′ enquiry hotline on 08000 150 600.

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