New partnership sees first 50 trainees start new career paths

A NEW partnership with St Helens Chamber has seen the first 50 young people embark on traineeship programmes delivered at Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce’s Old Hall Street base.

Since the new ‘Fast track to Apprenticeships’ programme launched in September, 50 16 to 24 year olds have embarked on the course, equipping them with the skills, qualifications and work experience needed to succeed in the workplace.

On successful completion of the programme and being ‘Chamber Approved’ to enter the workplace, the young people are put forward to apply for Apprenticeship vacancies with local businesses.

Laura Brogden, Young People’s Development Manager at St Helens Chamber, explains: “We have been delivering our Fast-track to Apprenticeships programmes at St Helens Chamber for a number of years, successfully preparing our trainees for the world of work and providing a valuable pool of enthusiastic young people to local businesses looking to recruit.

“We are delighted to have been able to roll out this highly successful model in Liverpool thanks to our new partnership with Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce and we are already seeing great results with more young people moving into apprenticeships every week.”

There are currently 25 young people ‘Chamber Approved’ and looking for apprenticeships in the Liverpool area.

Laura adds: “The majority of our young people who are ready to work are hoping to secure Apprenticeships in Business Administration roles so we are keen to hear from any businesses that have a vacancy in this area that could be filled by an Apprentice.

“Apprenticeships are a highly cost-effective way to add bright, young talent into your workforce. After interview, you also get the opportunity to offer the candidates a one or two week work trial before you commit to employing them, to ensure they are a good fit for your company.”

All the trainees have competed a four week training programme to give them a range of essential office skills, such as data entry, how to professionally deal with telephone enquiries and are proficient in Microsoft Office programmes such as Excel spreadsheets and Word. 

If you have a vacancy that could be filled by an apprentice, contact the Workforce Development team at St Helens Chamber to discuss your requirements. Grants may be available. Call 01744 742333 or email workforce@sthelenschamber.com