Ealing beats apprentice target

Ealing Council has already exceeded its target to help create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.

The 100 in 100 campaign, which launched on 1 September and runs until December, encourages local employers to sign-up to create apprenticeship vacancies. So far businesses have signed up to create 125 apprenticeships.

Pledges have come from a range of businesses including restaurants, cafes, construction firms, financial advisors, care homes, schools and estate agents. The council’s apprenticeship network will now work with these businesses to help write job descriptions and assist with recruitment.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for housing, employment and skills, said: “I am delighted that the 100 in 100 campaign has been such a success. However this is just a start to get people into work through apprenticeships and other employment initiatives. I want us to be a leader in London for creating opportunities. Thank you to all the employers who have got on board with this campaign.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Employers benefit from the enthusiasm and energy that apprentices bring and apprentices are given a wonderful start to their careers, enabling them to earn while they learn.”

Employers can pledge to recruit an apprentice by applying online, or by contacting the council’s apprenticeship team.

Additionally, for employers who have not taken on apprentices previously, support is available for small and medium sized businesses that have considered employing an apprentice, but need assistance in funding the placement. An apprenticeship grant from the government is available to businesses and they could be eligible to receive up to £1,500 to help fund an apprentice placement.

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