Fantastic opportunities available for National Apprenticeship Week

09:52, Monday, 7th February 2022

Residents are being encouraged to discover the exciting apprenticeship opportunities that are available across North Lincolnshire and the huge benefits they bring.

Apprenticeships can help people from all walks of life, from school leavers to those looking to upskill or change career and are a fantastic way to combine hands-on training with education.

North Lincolnshire Council is taking part in National Apprenticeship Week (7 to 13 February 2022), which this year explores how apprenticeships help people develop the skills required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce.

Since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017 the council has committed more than £2m to local apprenticeships, investing in more than 250 across North Lincolnshire, in everything from civil engineering and IT to social work and horticulture.

At the region’s biggest jobs fair, which takes place at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on Wednesday 9 February 2022, from 2.30pm to 6pm, people will have the chance to find out about the many exciting apprenticeship opportunities that are available locally ask any questions they may have about the process.

Throughout the week the council will also be sharing local people’s stories and the life-changing impact apprenticeships have had on their development.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to put the knowledge learnt on the job into practice, while being paid, meaning you can earn while you learn.

“There are lots of misconceptions around apprenticeships. It’s often said that an apprenticeship is only suited to those leaving school, but in reality there is no upper age limit – anyone can take advantage.

“There are a great many people in North Lincolnshire who may be thinking about changing their career or who want to develop new skills and boost their earning potential.

“With staff on hand to advise you and dozens of North Lincolnshire’s leading employers coming to the Jobs Expo, that is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about what’s available.”

Many people’s careers have been transformed by taking an apprenticeship.

Eleanor Walmsley started as an apprentice with North Lincolnshire Council in 2018 and was crowned Support Services Apprentice of the Year, going on to secure a full-time position.

Reflecting on her apprenticeship, she said:

“I have learnt valuable skills across many areas whilst gaining hands on experience and achieving a qualification.

“I would highly recommend an apprenticeship with North Lincolnshire Council, I have received excellent support throughout and look forward to continuing my career.”

The Government website has details of hundreds of apprenticeships across North Lincolnshire, and people can also sign up to receive alerts when new opportunities are added.

Local residents can also access advice, guidance, skills and employment support from Action Station. Find out more by visiting the council website.