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Young people and employers urged to consider apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can take you anywhere. That’s the message for Portsmouth young people and employers in National Apprenticeship Week (14–18 March). During the week, Portsmouth City Council has been promoting apprenticeships as a great career move for many young people, and a valuable opportunity for businesses. Apprentices and managers from the council will feature in publicity, encouraging people to find out more. The council employs 41 apprentices across its services, with more in the pipeline. Like other apprentices, they get work experience and on-the-job training, boost their skills and gain qualifications – all while getting paid. Jordan Salvage, 20, a legal apprentice with the council, said: “Being an apprentice works for me because it gives me a good career path and practical experience. You study and get paid, which is great.” Maxine Jackson, an estate manager with the council, said: “Hiring apprentices has been a great success for our housing services. It’s bringing in new blood. Our apprentices could be the managers of the future.” Later this year seven more young people will join the council to work as social care and catering apprentices in residential homes. A recruitment event for social care apprentices, also including other care providers, is planned for the summer. Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The council is right behind National Apprenticeship Week because apprenticeships give local young people the opportunity to train and develop while they work, setting them on the right track for the future. “We’re totally committed to employing apprentices, because it means we can help young people find careers, develop our workforce for the future, and bring on new staff where we have shortages of the right skills.” Young people looking for local apprenticeships can go to www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship For more information on council apprenticeships, or the summer recruitment event, the contact details are [email protected] or 023 9268 8236. Employers can find out more by searching “employ apprentice” at www.gov.uk

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