8 September 2011
A hundred apprenticeship positions across Merseyside go up for
grabs this week offering local young people opportunities in some
of the fastest growing business sectors of the future.
The Merseyside Apprenticeship Programme sees 100 apprenticeships
created in companies across three local authority areas (Liverpool,
Knowsley and Sefton) in occupations as diverse as accountancy,
joinery, ICT, engineering, photography and catering.
The programme will see employers given financial support towards
the cost of their apprentice and training, and candidates will be
given a two-year paid apprenticeship and the opportunity to gain up
to an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject as well as invaluable work
At the end of the programme most of the apprentices will be
offered permanent employment at their placement company, setting
them on a road to a long and successful career.
The Merseyside Apprenticeship programme is part of a drive to
create more than 10,000 apprenticeship positions across the City
Region this year.
Funding for the apprenticeship programme comes from the European
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and Lead for
Employment and Skills in the City Region Cabinet, said: “As a City
Region we believe in apprenticeships, which is why we are doing
everything possible to encourage and support employers who can
offer this opportunity to our young people.
“We know that the world of business is changing and that some of
the biggest employers of the future are in new and emerging sectors
with new sets of skills and experience required from workers. By
offering apprenticeships in these kinds of jobs now, we are setting
young people on the right road to life-long and prosperous
The 100 positions available under the Merseyside Apprenticeship
programme are this week being advertised through Connexions, with
successful applicants being invited to interview. Shortlisted
candidates will be taken through a rigorous selection process,
which will include the making of a video CV, and successful
apprentices will take up their positions in the New Year.
Cllr Nick Small, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills at
Liverpool Council, said: “Creating good quality apprenticeships is
a priority for the city council and also the City Region.
“This scheme will provide fantastic opportunities for many
hundreds of young people, giving them a foot on the employment
ladder combined with high quality training.
“The aim is to make sure they have the skills necessary to
compete for jobs at the end of the apprenticeships.
“At a time when cuts in funding are being made across the board
it is really important that we support our young people so they are
able to obtain employment.”
Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration
and Housing, said: “Sefton Council, through Sefton@work, has been
working with our employers to create these new apprenticeships as
an investment in the future for local business.
“Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Crown Speciality Packaging,
Arty Pants and Ashley Online are just some of the employers who are
pledging to provide quality opportunities for our young people as
part of this partnership project.
“I hope that even more Sefton employers will follow their
And Steve Heverin, Operational Director of Investment at KHT,
one of the companies looking to recruit new apprentices, said:
“This apprentice programme is a great way for my company to
access new young talented people.
“We have been working with Knowsley Council on a similar
programme for three years and I have got some of my best employees
through their programme. I am recruiting through this programme and
I am keen to see young people develop new skills that will support
the growth of my business.”