Reaseheath College is appealing to employers to get in touch during this week’s National Apprenticeships Week (March 3-7)
The Nantwich college is currently training 537 apprentices, most of whom spend one day a week in lectures and the rest of the week gaining skills and experience in a paid job.
The programme is so popular with young people that the college needs more businesses to take them on.
Peter Knight, Welfare Officer for Reaseheath’s work based learning team, is holding a drop-in apprenticeships surgery every day this week between 12 noon and 2pm in Centrepoint, the college’s main reception.
Although anyone interested in applying for apprenticeships is welcome, Peter is particularly keen to talk to employers about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice and about the financial incentives available to qualifying businesses.
He said: “Taking on an apprentice can benefit a business in many ways. Having an enthusiastic and newly skilled person on your team can increase productivity and the quality of output. Training up a young person with the specific skills required by your business means you can avoid skills shortages later on. And for the apprentice it means earning and learning at the same time.”
Reaseheath offers apprenticeships in agriculture, animal care, horse care, construction, construction plant, motor vehicle, parts sales and marketing, mechanical engineering, food manufacture, horticulture, floristry and trees and timber.