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03 Aug 2015

Businesses invited to fourth York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event

City of York Council is inviting businesses to apply to exhibit for free at the fourth York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event on Tuesday 18 August.

The city's recruitment event in March this year was hugely successful, attracting over 500 young people and parents looking for information on Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship vacancies across the city and businesses are being urged to book their free space. The event helped many employers including Nestlé, Portakabin, Purenet, Riccall Care, Your Bike Shed and Network Rail meet with aspiring young people to fill their apprenticeship positions.

The recruitment event, which takes place at West Offices between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on 18 August, comes after students across the city have received their A Level results and takes place the same week that GCSE results are published.

The event offers businesses the chance to speak to young people about employment opportunities and also looks to highlight both the business benefits of hiring apprentices and the individual benefits of pursuing an Apprenticeship job with training.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council said: “This event offers a great chance for businesses looking to hire apprentices to engage with young talent who are looking to start their career. Young people are increasingly recognising that an apprenticeship has a great deal to offer in building a successful and rewarding career. There are a number of business benefits as well and I’m pleased that more and more businesses are employing apprentices across the city and hope that businesses take the opportunity to display at this event.”

The news comes after this month’s announcement that Government figures put York in the top 5% of English local authorities for apprenticeship take-up and set the city in the top 10% of local authorities for keeping young people in education or training after Year 11.

A number of businesses have already signed up for the July event but there is still space to exhibit for free for businesses across the city to promote Apprenticeship vacancies. For more information or to book free space, please contact the York Apprenticeship Hub team:york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551971.

Businesses who want to grow by hiring an apprentice and don't know where to start, can contact the Leeds City Region funded and council-led York Apprenticeship Brokerage Service on 07943 593449 or email york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk for more information.

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