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Posted: 13/04/10

Field Mill launch of college apprenticeship service

West Nottinghamshire College has launched a recruitment service to help employers deliver long-term apprenticeships to young people.

Vision Apprentices is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the college, specialising in manufacturing, engineering and maintenance apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds.

It will work with local and national companies to provide long-term placements for 2,550 apprentices in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, passenger transport and logistics over the next three years.   

Graham Howe, the college’s director of employer engagement, said: “Trainees will be recruited and employed directly by Vision Apprentices, which will advertise vacancies, vet the candidates and match them up with suitable opportunities in industry.  This means businesses that previously didn’t feel able to offer apprenticeships can now get involved.

“And if the employer’s circumstances change, the apprentice can be handed back and re-assigned, which further reduces the burden on businesses during these difficult economic times.

“This is a really exciting scheme and great news for young people and employers alike.”

Vision Apprentices was launched to businesses in the engineering, rail and logistics sectors earlier this month at Mansfield Town FC’s Field Mill stadium.

For further information about Vision Apprentices call 01623 413634 or visit www.visionapprentices.co.uk

Pictured at the launch are (from left) Sandra Cowley, director of Vision Apprentices; Henry Inman, employer services director at the National Apprenticeship Service – East Midlands; Graham Howe, director of employer engagement at West Nottinghamshire College; and Andy Perry, chairman of Mansfield Town FC.