Apprenticeship scheme hits city

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Merseyside Apprenticeship Bus in Liverpool

Merseyside Apprenticeship Bus in Liverpool

Hundreds of apprenticeships for unemployed young people could be up for grabs in Liverpool this week.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Liverpool City Council is taking part in a national week-long campaign from March 11-15 to raise awareness about the possibilities apprenticeships can offer, while also showcasing some past success stories.

Liverpool council funds a number of different initiatives which allow young people to get onto the employment ladder.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills, said: “There is nothing more dispiriting than not having a job. That’s why giving our young people an opportunity to learn, develop skills and shine with an employer is so important.

“We have had tremendous success since 2010 in giving young people the chance to prove themselves and become the star employees of the future.

“Whenever we are awarding contracts now, whether it is for major developments, partnerships or building new schools, we stipulate that companies need to employ local labour as far as they can, and offer apprenticeships.”

The week’s events kick off today with a Merseyside Apprenticeship Bus, which will be at Williamson Square in the city centre from 9am to 5pm. Those aged 16-24 will be able to get details of apprenticeships, tips on CV writing and careers advice.

And on Friday 15th March, the Wavertree Jobs Fair is being held at the Devonshire House Hotel from 10am to 4pm. Almost 500 jobs and apprenticeship opportunities will be on offer and it will include advice relating to employers and vacancies

To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week, you can go online to the Liverpool City Council website or


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