You’ve done it for our future

WE’VE done it . . . Chad’s campaign to create 100 new apprenticeships for young people in Mansfield and Ashfield has been described as an overwhelming success after we went above and beyond our target figure.

For the last four months, we have been working alongside Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and National Apprentice Service (NAS) in the East Midlands to help create 100 new job roles in our area which could change the lives and shape the futures of young people.

The campaign, which was launched in September, has brought a tremendous response from readers, businesses and training providers with a total of 122 apprenticeship roles being pledged across Mansfield, Ashfield, Bolsover, Amber Valley and Newark & Sherwood districts.

Full-time employment opportunities in retail, hospitality, catering, security and outdoor pursuits have been snatched up by teenagers eager to kick-start their careers while helping boost the local economy.

Among the companies to have signed up are Mansfield’s Crystal Knitwear, Sutton’s Specsavers, Walesby Forest Outdoor Activity Centre and Langwith supply company Shop-Equip.

Training providers have also been quick to back the campaign.Sutton-based Charnwood Training Group is currently revamping Mansfield’s iconic Town Mill pub and employing at least 15 apprentices to help run it as a bar restaurant in the coming months.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is absolutely delighted with how well the 100 Apprenticeships campaign has gone.

“This was a great initiative, it brought apprenticeships to the forefront of people’s minds and I hope that we can now build on this achievement by getting even more firms to think about apprenticeships this year and beyond, as a way of addressing their skills, training and workforce development needs.

“On behalf of the chamber, I’d like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the businesses who signed up and pledged to take on an apprentice - their support is very much appreciated. I’d also like to thank all the training providers who took part, along with campaign partners the National Apprenticeship Service and, of course, the Chad, for helping to make this campaign so successful.

“It was a real team effort to get so many businesses on board and is a great example of how local organisations and businesses can work together to get results and achieve success.”

The campaign’s finale also coincides with this week’s National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to raise the profile of apprentices amongst employers, individuals, teachers and parents.

Mansfield Chad editor Tracy Powell hailed the success of the campaign and praised local firms which have signed up.

“It’s absolutely fantastic news that we’ve gone beyond our target of reaching 100 apprenticeships during the campaign period,” she said. “Many thanks to all those businesses for pledging their support to the initiative, and of course to the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, and those companies responsible for matching suitable people to the roles available.”

To find out how Apprenticeships can be good for your business visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.