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Campaign aims to create 500 new apprenticeships in Suffolk

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Businesses across Suffolk are being called upon to choose apprenticeships to take advantage of government funding to help grow their business and boost the future economic success of the county.

The Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service (ASBS), in partnership with Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign which aims to create 500 new apprenticeships in the next 100 days.

Teresa Logan, director of ASBS, said: “ASBS works with employers in Suffolk to create apprenticeship roles in local businesses and to make taking on an apprentice simple and easy.

“ASBS provides free advice to help businesses meet their recruitment and business development needs through apprenticeships, and to source the best training and support for businesses throughout their apprenticeship journey.”

“Suffolk 500 in 100 is a campaign that will create 500 apprenticeship vacancies in 100 working days across Suffolk.

“Together with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce we are looking forward to supporting firms and business organisations to help make this campaign successful and a fundamental part of economic growth in our county in 2016 and beyond.”

Suffolk 500 will be calling on businesses from across the county to step up and take on an apprentice. The launch will hear from firms who have taken on apprentices in the past as well as apprentices who are benefitting from the chance to earn whilst they learn through an apprenticeship.

ASBS will meet with interested businesses to discuss their training requirements and advise on the best apprenticeship programme for them.

They will then refer that business to a relevant training provider and give them all the support they need to make a successful recruitment or move an existing employee onto an apprenticeship programme.

County councillor Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for Education and Skills said: “The greatest asset any employer has is their workforce; by investing in them, they are investing in the future success of their business.

“I am committed to supporting apprenticeships to help strengthen our economy, deliver the skills that employers need and give millions more hardworking people financial security and a brighter future.”

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way of recruiting people and a tried and tested means of developing the skills employers need.

“It also helps them keep up with new techniques, legislation and knowledge and, most importantly of all enhances business performance.”

Eighty percent of employers state that apprenticeships have reduced their staff turnover and 75 percent that they reduced their recruitment costs.

Eighty one percent of employers think that apprenticeships made their business more productive, with the average apprenticeship completer increasing business productivity by £214 per week.

Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams and chairman of New Anglia LEP’s Skills Board said: “Quality apprenticeships give opportunities and brighter futures for youngsters and provide businesses the chance to develop the skilled workforce they need.

“Together they can help boost our economy and drive productivity.

“I hope our local companies, large and small, will rise to the challenge and I look forward to hearing the success stories in a hundred days’ time.”

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