Monday 9 March 2015

Young people inspired to take on career enhancing apprenticeships will be able to meet potential employers at a series of events during National Apprenticeship Week.

From 9 to 13 March, budding apprentices can find out more about opportunities available to them across the city by attending events run by Inspire_SY at Meadowhall and Crystal Peaks shopping centres.

Inspire_SY is a partnership of 20 local businesses and organsiations, including the council, Jobcentre Plus, The Prince’s Trust, Sheffield College and the Source Academy. The partnership aims to promote apprenticeships to young people.

Activities on offer will include a Careers Photo Booth where young people interested in apprentices can dress up in uniforms and costumes which illustrate the careers they are interested and post their pictures on social media. Anyone who comes along to take part can also keep a copy of their photo as a memento and will be given advice about how they can find out more about apprenticeships in their chosen field.

There will also be a Mythbusting Quiz where young people can answer a series of apprenticeship related questions, aimed at dispelling any myths and concerns they may have about this career path.

Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Each year I am pleased to see so many young people coming through our apprenticeship schemes, both within the Council and the schemes that our partners run.

“When I first entered the world of work I started off as an apprentice and this was the best route in for me. This is one of the main reasons I am so passionate about the schemes we run and why I encourage our partners to offer similar schemes.

“I am really proud of the fact we offer more apprenticeships to young people in Sheffield than other Core Cities and I know that we can continue to build on this in the future. We want Sheffield to be the most business friendly city in the UK and increasing the number of apprenticeships is key to this.”

On 12 March hundreds of young people aged 16 to 24-years-old who are studying in the final year of their GCSEs or A-Levels will also get the opportunity to come along to the ‘Apprenticeships – Be Inspired’ event at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.

The event hosted by the Sheffield City Region Skills Made Easy Programme will give young people the chance to meet with prospective businesses and to find out more about the local jobs market and what opportunities are on offer.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “This event linking young people and businesses from across the region will help them get a head start in their chosen career and enable them to find out about the world of work. It’s also a great chance for employers to meet talented and enthusiastic young people currently considering their career options.

“Young people have so much to offer, as have local businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, so we are looking forward to seeing a packed hall full of people building working relationships for the future.”

Young people hoping to get their foot in the door of local employers are also now receiving a helping hand thanks to Sheffield City Council’s new traineeship programme Works for Me.

Works for Me is a practical training programme run by the council’s Lifelong Learning and Skills team and offers integrated work experience and career advice, designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 prepare for an apprenticeship or further employment.

The new purpose built Works for Me centre has now opened its doors at the Avec building, Sidney Street, Sheffield, and provides young people with advice about developing their CV while personalised support helps boost their confidence, motivation, interview skills and ability to demonstrate their potential to an employer. The centre will be open during National Apprenticeship Week to enable young people to pop in and find out more.
The Be Inspired event will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Thursday 12 March.