Recruiting now for Knowsley Apprentice

Published on: Monday, 08-June-2015

If you’re leaving school or college this summer and thinking about your next step - think about becoming a Knowsley Apprentice.

With more employers recruiting apprentices, there are more opportunities than ever to get your foot in the door with some of the best companies in Knowsley and beyond.

This year, positions are available in construction, engineering, administration, dental technology, and much more.

You don’t need experience, or lots of qualifications. If you’re looking for work, are keen to learn a trade, have plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, Knowsley Apprentice might be for you.

The successful programme has helped nearly 850 Knowsley young people into real jobs and many of those apprentices are now in full time employment.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “Knowsley Apprentice is a fantastic programme for young people in Knowsley. It has given hundreds of people the opportunity to work towards qualifications, whilst in a full time job and earning a really good wage.

“I would urge any young person who is thinking about their next step to get in touch and find out more about how Knowsley Apprentice can help them become a success.”

If you want to find out more about the opportunities that are available, come along to the Apprentice Open Day, Wednesday 1 July, 10am to 2pm at The Venue, Civic Way, Huyton L36 9GD. You will have the chance to meet with employers, ask questions about the vacancies and find out what they’re looking for.

You can also get support to complete application forms and find out about other training available.

Visit Knowsley.gov.uk/Apprentice to view all of the vacancies and download an application form. The closing date is Friday 10 July.

If you’re a business interested in employing an apprentice, you can call the team on 0151 443 2276 or email et@knowsley.gov.uk

Case Study 1

Rebecca Tomlinson, 19 from Whiston, is a Knowsley Apprentice hairdresser at Michael Ford Salon in St. Helens. She is working towards her NVQ Level 2 qualification at St. Helens College and recently won a national hairdressing competition to be part of the Clynol 2015 Protégé Team.

Rebecca said “I am so glad I applied for the Knowsley Apprentice. I have always wanted a career in hairdressing and this has been a fantastic opportunity. Winning the competition has been amazing, I now have training from one of the country’s top stylists, plus a whole lot more and my employer has been really supportive.”

Rebecca’s employer Michael Ford said “I am so proud of Rebecca’s achievements, she is such a hard worker and an asset to our salon. Rebecca is excelling with her hairdressing techniques and I hope she continues to enter competitions and her success continues.”

Case Study 2

Joe Kenny has been an Apprentice Teaching Assistant at St Laurence’s Catholic School since November 2013. He won Employee of the Year at the Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards 2014 after his employers nominated him. Joe has since been kept on by the school for a third year of his apprenticeship.

Joe said: “I really enjoy working with the children and I’m gaining more and more confidence and skills. I’ve been involved with additional activities like breakfast and after school clubs and taking the children to football matches. Knowsley Apprentice has given me such a good opportunity and I am so pleased that I will be at the school for another year to complete my qualifications.”

Paul Cronin, Head teacher at St Laurence’s Catholic School said: “Joe does everything we ask of him with a smile, he never complains; he works quietly and efficiently. Joe has a natural approach to encouraging the children that he works with and has shown such commitment to his role. Because of this, Joe will now be completing his third year with us to complete his NVQ Level 3 qualification.”

Case Study 3

Nagel Langdons Ltd is a logistics service provider specialising in controlled temperature operations. Up to 40,000 pallets of frozen and chilled foods pass through its network every week.

Since September 2012, Langdons has employed eight Knowsley Apprentices in a range of roles including large goods vehicles drivers.

Colin Snape, HR Manager said: “Apprentices are an important part of our business and employee development is a strategic priority for us.

“We have designed our own Apprenticeship programme and work closely with local schools and colleges to ensure a steady supply of young people into the programme.
We also work closely with the Knowsley Apprentice team who help us recruit into our apprentice positions.

“Apprentices can bring so many benefits to a business; I would definitely recommend any employer to get in touch with the Apprentice team to find out more.”