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From school to work

More support is now available for post-16s looking to go straight into the world of work after leaving school

Young people are increasingly thinking about jobs and apprenticeships as an alternative to university after they leave school.

Branston Ltd apprentice

Branston Ltd apprentice Matt Southwell

This career route means they can earn as they learn, and there’s no need to take out student loans. It’s also good for employers, who can train the skilledstaff they need for the future, boosting their company’s competitiveness.

The drive to create more apprenticeships is supported by the Government, which last year introduced a small charge on larger businesses to help pay
for them.

Locally, it’s backed by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which includes the county council.

Schools are also at the forefront of efforts to help young people progress directly to a job or apprenticeship. The Priory Academy LSST has set up its own training arm to provide post-16 apprenticeships for students in Lincoln and the surrounding areas.

Head of Priory Training John Wiles said: “A key part of our work is to support young people in moving to the next stage of their educational journeys.

“We work closely with local and regional employers to provide apprentices with a valuable insight into the world of work, including finance assistant and IT technician. Our first apprentices all successfully completed their training to at least intermediate level, and some have gone on to be employed by our schools trust.”

The shift towards more apprenticeships has been welcomed by Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell, the council’s executive member for children’s services.

She said: “In recent years, more young people than ever before have been given the opportunity to further their careers at university. However, many say they’d rather go straight into jobs or apprenticeships when they leave school, and it’s right that they’re getting support.

“Employers, too, encourage this new focus on apprenticeships, as it enables them to train the skilled employees they need in a competitive world.”

Branston Ltd, one of the UK’s biggest potato buyers, packers and distributors, is a big supporter of apprenticeships. Simon Telfer, HR and logistics director, said: “Investing in young talent and giving them an opportunity is an important part of our business.

“Our maintenance apprenticeship programme has been in place for a number of years, supported by Lincoln College, and we’re just about to expand into food operations apprenticeships.

“Two new apprentices have just been recruited straight from school. We will look to recruit more school leavers in future, and to develop more degree
level apprentices.”

More information

To find out more about the fantastic range of careers available to all age groups in Greater Lincolnshire, visit the Local Enterprise Partnership’s new website, The World of Work, at www.theworldofwork.co.uk.

To see their video about careers in the local food industry, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countynews.

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