Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Deal on Apprentices; Advertisement Feature

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Deal on Apprentices; Advertisement Feature

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ANEW service aimed at strengthening and driving forward a major expansion of Apprenticeships has been launched.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) went live on April 1, taking over accountability for apprenticeships from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) which has managed them since 2001.

The NAS will operate nationally and regionally and has responsibility for implementing the Government's policy on increasing Apprenticeships, including achieving targets.

Extra measures are being brought in to encourage more employers to offer high quality Apprenticeships. These include a pilot wage subsidy for small businesses, a field force to support employers who recruit Apprentices and a drive to increase Apprenticeships in the public sector.

The NAS offers one central point of contact for employers who want to offer an Apprenticeship and for individuals seeking a position.

Support will include a National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service, open to employers, training providers, potential Apprentices, parents and guardians and people who provide advice and guidance.

The service will include a web system with the latest facts, updates and alerts on Apprenticeships, as well as success stories, job details, sector information and a free recruitment service for employers. The system will also track and record the progress of Apprenticeship applications.

A young woman from Tyne and Wear has become the first person in the North East to secure a job with the help of the vacancy matching system. Kayley Huntley, 17, of Bridekirk in Washington, is delighted to have landed her dream job at New World Nursery in Washington. Taking up her role as a nursery assistant, Kayley joins a team of 10 who cater for the everyday needs of children from a few months old to five.

As well as her work duties, Kayley is working towards an NVQ level 2 in children's care, learning and development, with help from Zodiac Training Ltd. …

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