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Apprentices Mean Business

A new Nottinghamshire County Council campaign to increase apprenticeship opportunities in Mansfield and Ashfield is calling for businesses to get on board.

On Thursday 16 July from 3pm to 7pm, the first-ever Mansfield and Ashfield Apprentice Recruitment Fair takes place at Mansfield Library.

The recruitment fair is an opportunity for businesses to showcase apprenticeship vacancies to school leavers, students and other young people. Free stand space is available to businesses who want to recruit.

Mansfield and Ashfield are being targeted for the campaign because of the above-average levels of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment is currently 9.6% in Mansfield and 10.1% in Ashfield, compared to the national average of 6.4% and East Midlands average of 6.6%.

Benefits for businesses employing an apprentice include:

  • A chance to find new, local talented people to develop with your company
  • Grants of between £1,500 and £3,000
  • Around 250 different apprenticeship schemes available

Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "Apprentices bring fresh ideas and energy to businesses. With one in ten young people in Mansfield and Ashfield out of work, the area has a large pool of young people, eager to earn while they learn, who would be an asset to any company.

"The apprenticeships recruitment fair aims to bring together this pool of talented people with businesses who are hungry to harness their enthusiasm and ability, to the benefit of both.

"The recruitment fair is one of a number of initiatives we will be bringing forward to promote apprenticeships and create other job and training opportunities throughout Nottinghamshire."

A survey of firms who already employed an apprentice found that 96% of employers said that it had benefited their business and 72% said it had directly improved productivity.

For more information about the apprenticeship recruitment fair and to book a free stand, call 07973 305 598 or email eqiisltegg.r.knure@esnaeogu. Further details about apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire are also available from www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/apprentices.