SOUTH Devon College held an apprenticeship event at the Grand Hotel to provide information about the many apprenticeship vacancies which exist in local businesses, and to help potential apprentices to get themselves ready to apply for apprenticeship jobs.
More than 40 people, including potential apprentices and their parents, first listened to a presentation about the apprenticeship scheme, followed by a 'carousel' of activities including: CV writing, job search skills and how to apply for an apprenticeship.
They also had the opportunity for a mock interview with a local apprentice employer to help their interview skills.
The employers who volunteered to conduct the interviews were Sarah White from Dartington Hall Trust, Jane May from Torbay Council, and Martin Rattle from EMCAS.
The potential apprentices attending were a mixture of students in Year 11 at local schools who wanted to make an informed decision about their future in the summer, and also those looking to apply for one of the 35 vacancies which exist at the moment with local companies.
These vacancies provide an amazing opportunity to start in a real job with training and career prospects and earning at the same time.
Employers can benefit from several funding opportunities to support an apprentice.
Those who have not employed an apprentice for some time may be eligible for a grant of £1,500 if their apprentice is 24 or under; already 150 businesses have successfully received this grant through South Devon College since September 2012.
Also, for those businesses based in Torbay or South Hams who are in the eligible sectors, there is funding through the Coastal Community Fund to provide a wage subsidy and pre-employment support.
To establish eligibility for these funding opportunities, telephone 01803 540600 or email email@example.com
Helen Brown, programme co-ordinator for apprenticeships at the college, was delighted to see so many people at the event.
"It's really encouraging to see so many potential apprentices and their parents here; we have 35 apprenticeship job vacancies available at the moment with employers who can provide a route to a great career from IT and customer service to business administration, hairdressing and hospitality. We have had people here who are sensibly planning their next move after GCSEs, as well those who are looking for a career now."