Exam results are out - Consider an Apprenticeship

A Turner electricals apprenticeship 2022
Andrew Turner and Georgia Owens of A Turner Electricals, Sowerby near Thirsk who have taken advantage of the council’s apprentice scheme

Exam results are due later this month and students are weighing up their options - with Hambleton District Council encouraging them to consider an apprenticeship.

The authority’s apprentice scheme provides grant aid to small Hambleton based businesses in a bid to create new opportunities aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds living in the district.

It has already financially assisted 240 businesses since its launch ten years ago, who have employed apprentices in a variety of roles including Administration, Construction, Engineering, Farming, Hospitality, Junior Content Producer, Marketing, Motor Technician and Social Care.

Andrew Turner of A Turner Electrical (Thirsk) who employed Georgia who employed Georgia Owens as an Apprentice Electrician said: “Georgia has recently qualified as an electrician, finishing top of her year. She has matured and developed to become a highly competent electrician with great people skills. By finding the right apprentice it means a fully dedicated and enthusiastic employee whom you can coach to work how you want them too and at the same time give a young person that unique opportunity to get on their career ladder and begin developing their skills in their chosen area of expertise.”

And Georgia added, “The main reason I wanted an apprenticeship was that I wanted a practical job as I prefer to be hands-on. It also appealed to me to earn whilst I learnt new skills rather than going down the university route

“By being an apprentice and being employed by A Turner Electrical, I have gained a well valued trade. I really enjoy having a variety of work and gaining more experience, as well as engaging with lots of customers”.

Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Finance, said: “Further studies through A-levels and university is not for everyone, and it’s important that young people do something that is right for them.

“Apprenticeships offer a real job with hands-on experience, a salary and a chance to train whilst you work. We are encouraging our local businesses to consider this route by offering those that meet our criteria financial support to do just that.”

The wage subsidy grant of £2,000 will support small businesses that have been trading for at least three months, with priority given to those that employ less than 20 employees. The apprenticeship role must be for at least one year, with the apprentice working for at least 30 hours per week.

For more information on the scheme - and for help and advice - check out https://www.hambleton.gov.uk/site-search/results/?q=Apprenticeships Or contact Roz Caligari on Roz.caligari@hambleton.gov.uk or 01609 767058.

Published: 16th August 2022

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