Ealing Council has set the challenge once again to find 100 apprenticeships with businesses in 100 days. Are you hiring?
For the fifth year running, a ‘100-in-100’ campaign run by the council’s Ealing Apprenticeship Network has been achieving pledges from local businesses to create job placements.
The idea is to see 100 apprenticeships pledged over a 100-day period between September and December. The final day to make pledges is 9 December, so it is not too late to get involved.
Last year, more than 60 businesses pledged to create 194 apprenticeship vacancies, and since the campaign launched in 2012, more than 500 apprenticeship vacancies have been created. You can also see a running total of the businesses who have pledged so far on a dedicated page of the council’s website.
Apprenticeships allow employers to harness local talent, as well as fill skills gaps. Businesses also report a range of benefits to taking on apprentices, with 75% of employers claiming that apprenticeships had improved the quality of their product or service.
Businesses that sign up as part of the campaign will benefit from receiving advice and support from the Ealing Apprenticeship Network. This support includes advice on setting up the apprenticeship and the training programme required, as well as helping to match a young person to the placement.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a way for people to work towards a career and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time. Anyone over the age of 16, living in England and not in full time education can apply for an apprenticeship. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use
them to grow talent from among current employees
- 80% of companies that invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
- 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
- 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
- 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
Data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service
Make a pledge: How it works
Employers who would like more information or to offer an apprenticeship should visit the apprenticeships pages of the council website and fill out the form online, or call 020 8825 6234.
Once you have made a pledge a member of the council apprenticeship team will be in touch with you to discuss if an apprenticeship is a good option for your business, followed by a visit to the premises where the apprentice will be working (or office base for apprentices who would be working remotely). You will be given assistance in setting up the apprenticeship role and in recruiting the apprentice.
HIRING? HERE IS MORE INFORMATION
- Call 020 8825 6234
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/apprenticeships
- Twitter #100in100