Job Box puts apprentices in the spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Job Box service is putting apprenticeships firmly in the spotlight during National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

Job Box puts apprentices in the spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Job Box will celebrate the value that apprenticeships bring to employers and individuals during the week which runs from February 7 to 13.

People of all ages will be able to access a timetable of free, live events during the week to help them explore a wide range of opportunities and decide whether an apprenticeship is for them.

They will receive support and guidance through drop in sessions, online seminars and resources.

Apprenticeships give people the opportunity to earn while they learn, achieve nationally recognised qualifications ranging from Level 2 to degree level, and gain valuable workplace experience.

This year’s theme is ‘Build The Future’ and focuses on employers and how they train, retain and achieve the required outcome with apprenticeships.

During the week, daily Job Box drop in sessions and online events will focus on a range of different sectors including construction, hospitality, manufacturing, health & social care, business & professional and women in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Telford & Wrekin Council has supported 417 apprentices since 2017 and there are currently 80 apprentices working for the council both corporately and in schools.

A number of current council apprentices started their journey on the Kickstart programme – a government scheme set up during the Covid-19 pandemic to support 16 to 24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment.

The Life Ready Work Ready and careers teams, which are part of the wider Job Box service, have created resources and organised activities for the week.

Life Ready Work Ready bridge the gap between schools and the workplace while careers offer support and guidance for all apprenticeship provision.

Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Employment and Skills said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals and the wider economy.

“Apprentices are the future and a good fit for people of all ages who are looking to start their career journey or gain new skills and retrain.

 “We’re excited to be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and supporting the next wave of apprentices who are tomorrow’s workforce.”

You can visit the Job Box National Apprenticeship Week page here to find out more about what’s on offer during the week.

Councillor Shirley Reynolds (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain essential experience, earn while you learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

“The sessions and resources are available for people of all ages during the week and will support them with apprenticeships they may be considering.

“For some, the apprenticeship route may not be an obvious choice but it’s the perfect way to gain new skills and start on an exciting career pathway.” 

To find out more about apprenticeships, please call Job Box on 01952 382888 or visit the National Apprenticeship Week page here.