Call for young people to fill apprenticeship vacancies in Lichfield

Pic: National Apprenticeship Service

Pic: National Apprenticeship Service

Nearly 20 apprenticeships are sitting in vacant in Lichfield it has been revealed.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has confirmed that the Lichfield vacancies are among 120 across Staffordshire – many of which need to be filled before the end of March.

The apprenticeships vary from IT work, administration posts and trainee chefs to warehousing and engineering.

Nicky Emes, from NAS, said:

“We usually get a peak in demand for apprenticeships from school leavers in the summer but at the moment we have more employment opportunities than young people to fill.

“We are appealing to teenagers who are currently out of work or those looking to change a course to consider these places which are available now. Getting an apprenticeship means quality training while earning and increasing your career opportunities in the future.”

There are currently 36 places in Cannock, eight in East Staffs, 19 in Lichfield, seven in Newcastle under Lyne , nine in South Staffs, 31 in Stafford, three in the Staffordshire Moorlands and 11 in Tamworth.

West Midlands Regional Director for NAS, Stephen Lilley, added:

“Apprenticeships are different today, before it was predominantly the traditional ‘trades’ such as construction and engineering.  Now we have apprenticeships in literally thousands of different occupations. The other big change is in their structure which combines on-the-job training with broader occupational skills and knowledge. This results in a much more rounded employee with qualifications that are recognised and transferable.

“And for young people, learning while doing and earning a wage is an attractive opportunity. Research shows interesting results. If you qualify with a Level 3 apprenticeship you will earn £105,000 more over your career. With a Level 2 apprenticeship its £70,000 more over your career.”

For information about the vacancies go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk or contact your nearest Connexions office.

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