Chad on target to create 100 new apprenticeships

WE’RE on target . . . Chad’s campaign to create 100 new apprenticeships for young people in Mansfield and Ashfield has taken giant strides forward in recent weeks.

We teamed up with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and the 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.

Many local employers and service providers have already signed up to our campaign and offered full time employment

opportunities in security, retail, catering and hospitality to 79 young people across Mansfield, Ashfield, Bolsover and Amber Valley.

Among the firms to sign up include security firm Vault Contracts Ltd in Mansfield, Langwith supply company Shop-Equip and Specsavers in Sutton, while Mansfield’s Crystal Knitwear is also taking on a new starter.

Training providers are also backing the campaign including Sutton-based Charnwood Training Group which is currently revamping Mansfield’s iconic Town Mill pub and employing at least 15 apprentices to help run it as a bar restaurant.

Now the Chad is challenging other local businesses to match the pledges made so far and help hit our target of employing 100 apprenticeships in the coming weeks.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said it is very important for employers to give opportunities to youngsters and has urged local firms to get involved.

“Building a highly-skilled workforce here in Mansfield and north Nottinghamshire is absolutely crucial to the future success and prosperity of the area and this campaign will help to address this priority,” he said.

“Employers are always looking for skilled people and taking on an apprentice is just one way to solve their recruitment needs.

Chad editor Tracy Powell added: “The response to our 100 apprentices campaign has been marvellous, and we already have 79 apprenticeships signed up.

“We now need more businesses in the Mansfield and Ashfield areas to come forward and pledge their support.

“To reach 100 apprenticeships is the milestone we’re looking for, and we’ll continue to support the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and all those who facilitate the appointment of apprentices in our area to ensure we reach that target.”

If you are an employer and want to make your pledge to our 100 Apprenticeships Campaign contact Tony Jones at National Apprenticeship Service on 01332 868346 or email

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