Hundreds of apprenticeships for jobless young people in Liverpool are up for grabs.
To mark National Apprenticeship Week, a series of events are taking place from 11 – 15 March to raise awareness of the places available, as well as showcasing success stories.
The city council funds a number of different initiatives giving young people the opportunity to get a foot on the employment ladder with private and public sector organisations.
Each young person who is not in education, employment or training (NEET) from 16-18 years old is estimated to cost taxpayers £56,000.
On Monday 11 March the Merseyside Apprenticeship Bus will be at Williamson Square in the city centre from 9am to 5pm. Those aged 16 – 24 will be able to get details of apprenticeships, tips on CV writing and careers advice.
Also on Monday 11 March, 50 apprentices recruited and funded by Liverpool Direct Limited – the council’s joint venture with BT – will be congratulated by Mayor Joe Anderson at the Town Hall. The young people work in the Customer Contact Centre, web team, legal services and Lifestyles Fitness Centres.
On Tuesday 12 March, the inaugural Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards take place at St George’s Hall. Attended by 500 guests from 70 businesses, the event will honour some of the best apprentices from Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helen’s and Halton, and reward employers.
And on Friday 15th March, the Wavertree Jobs Fair is being held at the Devonshire House Hotel from 10am – 4pm. Almost 500 jobs and apprenticeship opportunities will be on offer and it will include advice relating to employers and vacancies and the Merseyside Apprenticeship Bus will also be there.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, Enterprise and and Skills, said: “There is nothing more dispiriting than not having a job. That’s why giving our young people an opportunity to learn, develop skills and shine with an employer is so important.
“We have had tremendous success since 2010 in giving young people the chance to prove themselves and become the star employees of the future.
“Whenever we are awarding contracts now, whether it is for major developments, partnerships or building new schools, we stipulate that companies need to employ local labour as far as they can, and offer apprenticeships.
“There’s no denying these are tough times and competition is tough, but we are absolutely committed to doing what we can to support young people into work.”