Aprenticeships help business and youth

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YOUNG people are being given extra help to find a job with the launch of new apprenticeship schemes at New College Stamford and Peterborough College.

Both colleges have received money from the Government’s European Social Fund to pay for vocational apprenticeship training.

The new Apprenticeship Academy at New College Stamford will allow students to study electrical installation, retail, motor vehicles, customer service, business administration, construction, child social care and hairdressing alongside paid employment.

Project manager Nathan Wall said the grant was an opportunity not to be missed.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses and young people so it would be a shame to waste it while the funding is here.”

The college is approaching local businesses to see if they will support the apprenticeship scheme and a number of students are currently going through an interview process.

Prospective students are also being encouraged to contact companies themselves and take a pro active approach to finding an employer.

Mr Wall added: “Apprenti-ceships can be a great way for employers to train someone in a way that will suit their individual business.”

Peterborough College is offering apprenticeships in business administration, information technology, team leading and customer service.

The scheme is open to 16 to 24-year-olds who will work towards an NVQ Level 3 qualification in their chosen field.

The courses last between one and three years and most will require the student to attend college for one day a week and work for four.

Anyone interested in applying for a place at the Apprenticeship Academy or employing a young apprentice from New College Stamford can contact Nathan Wall on 07919 287688 or email nathan.wall@stamford.ac.uk for more details.

Details on Peterborough College courses are available by calling 0844 225 2137.