Grantham College is making excellent progress as they bid to achieve Grantham MP Nick Boles’ challenge of finding 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.
The college is ahead of schedule and has so far found 44 in about a month, and work-based learning manager Paul Ward is confident the target will be reached.
He said: “I am thrilled with how well it has gone so far. When it was first announced it sounded quite daunting as it was a big challenge, but I am now confident of achieving the 100.
“I would have perhaps expected around 25-30 by now, so to be already approaching half of our target is certainly very positive.
“Our team of apprenticeship advisors has worked really hard and it’s going well so far. It’s all about getting the message across and we used apprenticeship week and enterprise week as a bit of a platform to get as many on board as we could.
“We’ve had a good response and companies see it as an opportunity to promote their business.
“South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) have been very positive and have given us good support.”
Stressing the benefits of apprenticeships to both companies and individuals, Ward added: “Apprenticeships bring real skills, outstanding value and long-term benefits to businesses.
“Apprentices gain industry-recognised qualifications, desirable work skills and a real foundation in their chosen
Since the launch of the challenge, the college’s team of apprenticeship advisors have secured vacancies for apprentices in engineering, hairdessing, business administration, dispatch and accounting to name just a few.
Anglian Water currently has 16 engineering vacancies while QFC has a vacancy in customer service, one in business administration and another in dispatch.
BPG Media in Buckminster has a vacancy for a business administration apprentice as do GEV Catering Supplies at Springfield Business Park, SKDC and Gilder Care, while Zeebra Hair Salon in Sleaford is looking for a haidressing apprentice.
If any of these interest you, contact Grantham Business Development College on 01476 400260 for further information.
The college would also like to hear from other businesses looking to take on one or more apprentices.
They are holding an open morning on Saturday, April 25, with several courses planned. They include drop in sessions titled ‘So you want to employ an apprentice’ and ‘So you want to be an apprentice’.
These sessions allow anyone interested in employing an apprentice or anyone thinking about the apprenticeship route the opportunity to find out all they need to know to progress further.
All courses and sessions are free. For further information and to enrol e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01476 400200.