Skip to main content

Local businesses key to a brighter future for young people

Local businesses are invited to find out more about taking on an apprentice and to meet some of the county’s young hopefuls at an event to promote apprenticeships in Herefordshire next month.

Herefordshire Council, in partnership with allpay, the National Apprenticeship Service, and Herefordshire Training Providers Association have organised a FREE business breakfast for Tuesday 12th March from 8-10.30am for employers at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford.  The event takes place during National Apprenticeship week (11th- 15th March 2013).

Employers will be able to meet local training providers and learn more about the financial support they can receive if they help a young person start their career with an apprenticeship.  They will also get the chance to meet other local employers who will bring their apprentices with them and share their experiences.

For the first time this year, 16-18 year olds will also be invited to the event, from 10.30am -1pm so that they can meet prospective employers and training providers to find out what might be on offer.

Councillor Roger Phillips, cabinet member for enterprise and culture said: “We have to work together to tackle local unemployment, and boost the local economy.  There are many developments on the horizon across the county, and we need to make sure we are training our young people in the services and industries where we are going to need to recruit in the future.

“Following a similar event last year we set a challenge: to generate 100 apprenticeships in 100 days, Herefordshire employers rose to the challenge and surpassed this target generating 165 opportunities. It was a major success and we are hoping to do the same again this year 

Stephen Foulger, head of human resources at allpay, added: ““allpay has successfully recruited award winning apprentices for many years.  We want to continue to attract the best talent in the county as well as helping others to do the same. If we work together we can increase the opportunities across the county and develop a model that others will want to replicate.”