Training 2000 marks rise in apprenticeship vacancies

Blackburn-based Training 2000 has reported an increase in apprenticeship vacancies and is urging young people to apply for the opportunities available locally.

Providing the chance to earn a wage and complete a nationally-recognised qualification, vacancies are available in a number of sectors including dental, administration, engineering and automotive.

With 11 vacancies available at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and others at various businesses across East Lancashire, Training 2000 is holding a drop in session on Monday 16 June between 9am and 4pm to provide advice, tip and help with application forms.

Marilyn Pilkington, 14-19 engagement manager at Training 2000, said: “As the largest Group Training Association in the UK we are keen to remind young people and their families that Apprenticeships are one of the options available to meet the requirements of the government’s Raising the Participation Age (RPA) initiative which came into force last summer.

“It requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. This doesn’t mean staying at school as the only option, this age restriction is rising to 18 in August, so it’s important that young people know the options available to them.

“We have some excellent links with employers that have vacancies within their business and are looking for young talented people to train and develop, so we see it as our duty to highlight the employment and training opportunities on offer.” Designed to improve young people’s career prospects, RPA was introduced by the government through the Education and Skills Act (2008) and provides opportunities to gain work experience or additional qualifications.