Apprentice position sparks huge interest
BUSINESS partners Simon Wildsmith and Nick Bailey have had first-hand experience of just how popular apprenticeships are becoming with youngsters eager to get on the career ladder.
After the pair's Gloucester business Master Sheds appeared in an article in The Citizen and the Gloucestershire Echo as part of the Grow Gloucestershire campaign, they had a steady stream of enquiries from would-be trainees.
"We were surprised about the speed of responses, but also pleased that so many people had read the article and were interested in coming to work for us,"said Simon.
Master Sheds was featured in an article explaining how they had not thought about taking on an apprentice until Nick's wife attended the Gloucestershire County Council's Youth Employment and Skills Summit earlier this year.
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Supported by The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, it was part of the ongoing Grow Gloucestershire campaign launched by Gloucestershire County Council to help stimulate the economy.
One of the aims is to provide young people with the skills they need to find a career and the county council is working with the National Apprenticeship Service.
Simon Wildsmith said: "Since the article about our search for a new employee, we have received a number of enquiries about applying for an apprenticeship.
"Most have come from school leavers but we have also had interest from a local charity that works with young people and an older, unemployed person. We have responded to each enquiry and said that we are still waiting from CITB Construction Skills, the national training body. Whoever we recruit will receive first-class training in how to construct and install large wooden buildings."
Visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ grow to find out more about what Gloucestershire County Council is doing.