Apprenticeship scheme to launch

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A PARTNERSHIP is to be launched next week which aims to match businesses in Hampshire with young apprentices.

Highbury College and the Apprentices for Business (A4B) organisation are linking up in a bid to offer employers the chance to swell their workforce while keeping costs down.

The partnership will also help young people looking for jobs, in light of figures released yesterday showing there were 1.02 million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work between July and September this year.

The launch event is set to take place at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, on Friday, November 25 at 8am.

Hampshire companies will see how taking on an apprentice can benefit their business.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cheryl Buggy, will be attending to endorse the collaboration, which is also being supported by Shaping the Future of Portsmouth.

Guests will have the opportunity to talk with apprentices and businesses already participating in the programme.

Apprentice Daryl Lyons has recently started working at Hampshire firm Critical Software.

He said: ‘I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship, it’s a great opportunity and I feel like I am part of the team already.

‘A4B have been great, really supportive and I think it makes life easier for everyone with them being involved to support both me, the apprentice, and offer support for the employer whenever they may need it.’

The aim is to increase the number of job opportunities for young people and support the economic growth of the region.

A4B and Highbury College are inviting all local businesses to the launch to find out how an apprentice can help their business grow.

To book a place email contactus@shapingportsmouth.co.uk.