College’s apprentice scheme is struggling

A WORCESTERSHIRE college looking to recruit a dozen apprentices is struggling to find young people for the positions.

South Worcestershire College, which has a campus in Evesham and Malvern, has been on the look out for 12 apprentices to take on positions in local companies and expects more to become available in the near future.

But despite the current economic downtrun, the new recruits are proving difficult to find. Under the scheme the apprentices would work at a selectin of local businesses with a view to being offered a permanent postiion at the end.

The employers the college are working with include, Wychavon District Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Amcor Flexibles, Allen Fabrications Ltd, Billy Shears Hair Salon, Snips Hair Salon and Estate Protection Services (Midland) Ltd.

Currently the college have advertised the positions on the National Apprenticeships website but only received on average two to three responses for each one.

They said normally they would hope for as many as 20 applications for an apprenticeship. Viv Gillespie, interim principal, said: “We all hear about the job market and how difficult it is but we are saying we have opportunities, please come and find out about them.

“It may be the time of year, people may think these things only start in September.

It could also be the particular areas, such as business administration. They may not be aware apprenticeships exist in these areas.

“There are very good opportunities here with great employers.”

Those who would like to find out more about these positions or need more information should contact the Work Based Learning Team on 01386 712690.

The college will also be holding an apprenticeship event at its Evesham campus on Thursday, February 7, between 5pm and 7pm where advice, guidance and have a go sessions will be available.

Employers looking to recruit apprentices are also welcome and should call Steph Morris on 01386 712603 for further details.

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9:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pronstar says...

What do you expect for £2.65 / hour?
What do you expect for £2.65 / hour? pronstar
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10:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Karl Hunderson says...

Or perhaps you could blame the slagging off the college got from the government's education attack dog Ofsted.
Or perhaps you could blame the slagging off the college got from the government's education attack dog Ofsted. Karl Hunderson
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12:11pm Sat 19 Jan 13

bmoc55 says...

Not surprised at all. The something for nothing culture ( aka Social benefits) we have in Britain, fails to encourage a work ethic.

So what if the earnings are only £2,65/hour. On succesful completion of the apprentiship, the trainee will have the prospect of a job or at least some recognised achievement to add to their cv.

People should look beyond the immediate and learn that effort is required to get on in this life. There are no "free lunches"
Not surprised at all. The something for nothing culture ( aka Social benefits) we have in Britain, fails to encourage a work ethic. So what if the earnings are only £2,65/hour. On succesful completion of the apprentiship, the trainee will have the prospect of a job or at least some recognised achievement to add to their cv. People should look beyond the immediate and learn that effort is required to get on in this life. There are no "free lunches" bmoc55
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12:27pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CJH says...

bmoc55 wrote:
Not surprised at all. The something for nothing culture ( aka Social benefits) we have in Britain, fails to encourage a work ethic. So what if the earnings are only £2,65/hour. On succesful completion of the apprentiship, the trainee will have the prospect of a job or at least some recognised achievement to add to their cv. People should look beyond the immediate and learn that effort is required to get on in this life. There are no "free lunches"
My nephew asked about getting an apprenticeship but was told not to bother (by an advisor at the Jobcentre) as they wanted people with previous experience. Isn't the idea of an apprenticeship to get experience? bmoc55 please don't lump every jobseeker with not having a work ethic. Young people have a huge struggle to get jobs, and of course a minority are work shy (as are a lot of older people), but being labelled like this does not help their self-esteem.
[quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: Not surprised at all. The something for nothing culture ( aka Social benefits) we have in Britain, fails to encourage a work ethic. So what if the earnings are only £2,65/hour. On succesful completion of the apprentiship, the trainee will have the prospect of a job or at least some recognised achievement to add to their cv. People should look beyond the immediate and learn that effort is required to get on in this life. There are no "free lunches"[/p][/quote]My nephew asked about getting an apprenticeship but was told not to bother (by an advisor at the Jobcentre) as they wanted people with previous experience. Isn't the idea of an apprenticeship to get experience? bmoc55 please don't lump every jobseeker with not having a work ethic. Young people have a huge struggle to get jobs, and of course a minority are work shy (as are a lot of older people), but being labelled like this does not help their self-esteem. CJH
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5:18pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Bravo, San Juan says...

One of the struggles being getting out of bed and ignoring the Xbox...
One of the struggles being getting out of bed and ignoring the Xbox... Bravo, San Juan
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6:34pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CJH says...

Bravo, San Juan wrote:
One of the struggles being getting out of bed and ignoring the Xbox...
What a nasty and pointless comment to make. Very, very sad.
[quote][p][bold]Bravo, San Juan[/bold] wrote: One of the struggles being getting out of bed and ignoring the Xbox...[/p][/quote]What a nasty and pointless comment to make. Very, very sad. CJH
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6:54pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Bravo, San Juan says...

It would be nice if it was, regrettably it isn't. It's exactly the point in a majority of instances. It's refreshing to hear your nephew is of sterner stuff but you know there's a problem regarding tackling youth unemployment when its suggested you have to waste time concerning yourself with their self esteem.
It would be nice if it was, regrettably it isn't. It's exactly the point in a majority of instances. It's refreshing to hear your nephew is of sterner stuff but you know there's a problem regarding tackling youth unemployment when its suggested you have to waste time concerning yourself with their self esteem. Bravo, San Juan
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8:07pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CJH says...

Bravo, San Juan wrote:
It would be nice if it was, regrettably it isn't. It's exactly the point in a majority of instances. It's refreshing to hear your nephew is of sterner stuff but you know there's a problem regarding tackling youth unemployment when its suggested you have to waste time concerning yourself with their self esteem.
You say majority of cases: unless you personally know every single young jobseeker in the country you are not in a position to make that judgement. It may be the majority amongst people you know personally, but that is not a representative sample. If you tell someone enough times that they are a waste of space and not worth bothering with, the chances are they will come to believe that. Tell someone enough times there are no jobs and no-one will employ them, then yes, they may wonder why they're bothering. Please don't imply intent to avoid work, when that may not be the case. It just makes it harder for those who really want a job.
[quote][p][bold]Bravo, San Juan[/bold] wrote: It would be nice if it was, regrettably it isn't. It's exactly the point in a majority of instances. It's refreshing to hear your nephew is of sterner stuff but you know there's a problem regarding tackling youth unemployment when its suggested you have to waste time concerning yourself with their self esteem.[/p][/quote]You say majority of cases: unless you personally know every single young jobseeker in the country you are not in a position to make that judgement. It may be the majority amongst people you know personally, but that is not a representative sample. If you tell someone enough times that they are a waste of space and not worth bothering with, the chances are they will come to believe that. Tell someone enough times there are no jobs and no-one will employ them, then yes, they may wonder why they're bothering. Please don't imply intent to avoid work, when that may not be the case. It just makes it harder for those who really want a job. CJH
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8:42pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Bravo, San Juan says...

I know a great deal. With all due respect, the level of detail you go into here suggests its your vision being clouded through having someone close to you suffering despite their best efforts. I sympathise, I really do, I know you can't tar everyone. But I promise you, standards are slipping and work ethics amongst todays young people are really not what they would have been only ten years ago.
I know a great deal. With all due respect, the level of detail you go into here suggests its your vision being clouded through having someone close to you suffering despite their best efforts. I sympathise, I really do, I know you can't tar everyone. But I promise you, standards are slipping and work ethics amongst todays young people are really not what they would have been only ten years ago. Bravo, San Juan
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11:57am Sun 20 Jan 13

Endconreignforever says...

Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really..
Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really.. Endconreignforever
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12:07pm Sun 20 Jan 13

CJH says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really..
What planet are you on exactly?
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really..[/p][/quote]What planet are you on exactly? CJH
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6:09pm Sun 20 Jan 13

pinkfluff says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really..
lmao, off the planet with that comment and in laa laa land if you believe that degree's get you a good job. You need a degree for admin jobs these days.
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: Perhaps young people in Worcestershire have woken up and realised that they could have a better future if they were to study at University and gain a degree and go on to do something slightly more ambitious than business admin and silly apprenticships that lead to a life of boredom. Come on really..[/p][/quote]lmao, off the planet with that comment and in laa laa land if you believe that degree's get you a good job. You need a degree for admin jobs these days. pinkfluff
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