The new Apprenticeship Scheme approved in March this year will be officially launched at the Careers Fair during the opening of the Fair at 10 am on Wednesday the 9 October 2013.  This Scheme makes provision for people of differing ages to access work based training and academic studies.  The scheme aims to provide purposeful and interesting training and study programmes to give people an opportunity to develop in their chosen field and improve their employability.

The new Apprenticeship Scheme replaces the Youth Training Scheme which mainly focused on developing practical skills in the work place.  In addition to the development of practical skills, the new Apprenticeship Scheme aims to incorporate opportunities to achieve accreditation.

The scheme makes provision for four bands, in which successful candidates can select the level of training and qualifications they require.  Band 4 requires higher level of assessed training in the workplace and a higher level of qualifications opposed to a lower level in Band 1.

There have been approximately 35 individuals who have made applications for apprenticeships, 23 have been placed within construction, automotive, nursing and clerical fields whilst studying towards their relevant qualifications which includes, Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ’s), National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE’s).  

On completion of the Apprenticeship scheme, those successful receive certificates, assessment of work reports, accredited qualifications and a bonus.

For those interested in taking part in the apprenticeship scheme contact Cynthia Bennett, Work Development Coordinator on Tel: 2607 or Email:  or attend the Careers Fair on the 9 October to learn more through the scheduled Apprenticeship presentation.


24 September 2013


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