Apprenticeship success for Doncaster youngsters

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An apprenticeship drive from Doncaster Council, which started in April, has seen 130 youngsters kick start their career.

The apprenticeships have been set up as part of Doncaster Council’s internal apprenticeship programme, and with Skills Made Easy which falls under the umbrella of Business Doncaster.

Chloe Chadwick is an apprentice at Premier Care Direct and says she has gained a ‘vast’ amount of knowledge and experience since starting her apprenticeship.

She said: “My confidence has grown along with my abilities to deal with different situations that occur on a daily basis. The nerves I had to begin with when first starting my apprenticeship were soon forgotten due to the excellent training and guidance I received”.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said there now more opportunities to do apprenticeships and added she wanted to see more businesses investing in training for the future.

Business Doncaster support businesses from creating the position, job descriptions, policies and contracts right through to sourcing the correct training and provider, accessing grants, advertising the vacancy and supporting with the recruitment, even sometimes helping the company to actually interview applicants.

Caron Oldrieve, co-owner of Surecare, Doncaster has recently taken on an apprentice and said “The Skills Made Easy team were recommended by a colleague of ours who has worked closely with them and they have been excellent. They took care of all of the groundwork to find a number of suitable candidates for us to choose from”.