Bosses urged to take younger employees
Companies are being encouraged to take on apprentices as the spotlight turns on young workers.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until tomorrow, businesses in the city are being asked to consider hiring younger members of staff to help get them into work and training.
The National Apprenticeship Week is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.
Last year in Bath and north east Somerset 1,200 apprenticeships started work – an increase of 16.7 per cent from the previous year.
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Natasha Hawkins, 21, works as a trainee accountant for Pearson May Chartered Accountants in the city. She started studying for an accounting qualification after leaving school at 18 and went on to find an accountancy apprenticeship at Pearson May.
Natasha stayed at the firm for a year before moving on to a role in industry working for a utility company. After finishing her apprenticeship, she is now completing her chartered accountancy studies at Pearson May.
She said: "I think more young people should consider a vocational qualification as an alternative to university. Learning new skills that are directly linked to a professional career can set you up for life.
"With an apprenticeship, it's possible to earn money while you study for a qualification, whereas the majority of graduates leave university thousands of pounds in debt."
Chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, said: "Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining the skills that employers value; and setting them on the road to success in their chosen career.
"For employers, hiring apprentices is often the very best way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce."
For more information visit, www. apprenticeships.org.uk.