Connect early to raise visibility of apprenticeship vacancies

Paul Hannant Lancashire Apprenticeship Service

Working alongside The Department for Education and UCAS the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub and partners are supporting the Early Connect pilot.

UCAS have developed a service where students can view and apply for apprenticeships at the same time as submitting applications to universities and colleges for higher education provision. The pilot will improve visibility of apprenticeships, improve knowledge and support around apprenticeships within schools and colleges, support the application process, and boost parity of esteem.

This provides an opportunity for Lancashire businesses to shine a light on apprenticeship vacancies, to attract and recruit college and school sixth form leavers.

Are you looking for your next star or do you need impartial advice on apprenticeships?

If so, sign up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge and we will support you to attract young people into your workplace through the Early Connect pilot.

The Skills Pledge is a free impartial service and provides Lancashire businesses with one door to find out more about the funded skills and training initiatives in Lancashire including apprenticeship information advice and guidance.

There are many benefits to employing apprentice including:

  • Savings on recruitment costs
  • Diversification across teams
  • Increased retention rates and staff satisfaction
  • Improved talent acquisition
  • Fixing skills shortages
  • Introducing industry-leading skills and practice into your business

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