New scheme for businesses that want apprentices

Jacquie Shaw of the NMRN

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A NEW scheme to boost employment in the region has been unveiled by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

It has launched the Solent Apprentices for Business scheme, which is billed as being a one-stop shop for local businesses and employers thinking about taking on apprentices.

Solent LEP chairman Doug Morrison said: ‘I’m delighted to be able to announce the launch of Solent Apprentices for Business.

‘We have very clear mission to create an environment in the Solent area that stimulates business growth, generates inward investment and creates opportunities for local people to gain new levels of skills so that they too benefit from the new job opportunities that are created.’

The organisation will do the groundwork for businesses to come up with a job description, and then short-list the candidates.

The apprentices will then be placed in one of nine further education colleges for formal training and be assigned a mentor who will guide them through their training.

The apprentices are employed by the SAB scheme on behalf of the business, and SAB deals with all the payroll and human resource management issues that may arise.

At the end of the scheme, each apprentice has a nationally recognised qualification with vital work experience and the employer gains a qualified employee.

Mr Morrison added: ‘I would encourage businesses to work with Apprentices for Business – they will help you participate in this exciting new scheme.’