Chesterfield gears up to be Apprentice Town


Chesterfield’s commitment to apprenticeships and the future of its young people is being demonstrated with the launch of a new website.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018, which starts this morning, the Apprentice Town website is being launched where job seekers will be able to find apprenticeship opportunities available in the town.

Last year Chesterfield become the first town in the UK to declare itself an ‘Apprentice Town,’ in a bid to help nurture the future and careers of youngsters while also helping companies meet skills gaps.

The initiative raises awareness of the huge positives of apprenticeships and brings together talented young people with local businesses for the good of the local economy.

With 1,450 people starting an apprenticeship in Chesterfield in 2016/17, there are already more than 4,000 people currently participating in apprenticeships in Chesterfield across a variety of sectors and levels from traineeships to Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Currently, there are more than 50 apprenticeship vacancies in the town being advertised on the website in a wide range of sectors, including business management, animal care, IT, hospitality and childcare

There are also details on how businesses can benefit from apprenticeships with information about the new Apprentice Levy and case studies from current apprentices in the town.

Chesterfield Borough Council is leading the Apprentice Town initiative whilst Destination Chesterfield has developed the website for the project.

Councillor Terry Gilby, cabinet member for economic growth, said: “We were delighted to become the UK’s first Apprentice Town. Here in Chesterfield we recognise the importance of helping our young people secure careers while supporting the local economy.

“With so many new developments planned for the town more and more businesses are taking on an apprentice to address skills gaps and workforce needs.”

Dominic Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, added: added: “The Apprentice Town initiative shows the town’s commitment to supporting businesses to recruit and develop their workforce for the good of the local economy.

“A town which puts such a focus on developing the skills of its talented young will help attract more employers to invest in Chesterfield.”

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