Success of 'Tameside 100'
Mon, 16 June 2014
Tameside College is celebrating a successful year having provided over 100 new apprenticeships in the Borough through their partnership with Tameside Council and New Charter Housing Trust. Originally created to offer training opportunities for young people aged 16-24, the scheme has also helped local businesses to fill skills gaps with enthusiastic and talented young people.
This innovative approach has encouraged over 80 local businesses to get involved in the scheme. Local businesses, who were previously worried about committing to a 2 or 3 years apprenticeship in case of future business uncertainty, now have the confidence to take a young person on. The scheme has seen the Council offer a safeguard for apprentices should a business be unable to sustain training and employment. Within 4 weeks the Council and its’ partners will find another employer to ensure the apprentices can complete their training and continue to be paid during the 4 week interim.
Councillor Gerald Cooney said, “We’re thrilled to have been able to make such a difference to these young people who would otherwise not have received the qualifications they hoped for to propel them into their chosen career path. We hope to provide even more opportunities next year.”
“As Gerald said, Apprenticeships are so important for these young people, but equally for businesses too. By investing in young people, businesses develop an overall motivated, skilled and qualified workforce with previously untapped talent.” explained Phill Brown, Chair of the Enterprise Board.
Tameside College offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships for more information call Head of Work Related Learning, Christine Quinn on 0161 908 6752 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org