Employers sign up to You’re Hired scheme

Employers make their pledges at the You're Hired launch event in Eastbourne SUS-150704-143831001
Employers make their pledges at the You're Hired launch event in Eastbourne SUS-150704-143831001

A total of 269 employers have vowed to hire an apprentice since a county-wide campaign kicked off.

The aim of the five-month You’re Hired campaign is to get 500 businesses across the five districts and boroughs of East Sussex to hire an apprentice.

East Sussex County Council has teamed up with district and borough councils, business groups, colleges and training centres, the National Apprenticeship Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex for the initiative.

Since the launch events on March 9, 269 employers have promised to take on an apprentice, offering on-the-job training and qualifications.

“We are delighted with the response we have received and are more than halfway to our target,” said Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council’s chief executive. “Employers are already recognising the benefits of hiring an apprentice and we hope many more will join our campaign.”

The launch events were held simultaneously in Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings, compered by a prominent member of the local business community, and gave employers the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships.

Ms Shaw added, “The You’re Hired campaign is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at boosting employment and ensuring relevant and high quality training is available. As part of our employability and skills strategy, we are working closely with local secondary schools, colleges and universities and businesses to ensure young people in East Sussex receive the best training possible and can start a successful career in their home county.”

Businesses interested in hiring an apprentice or finding out more about the benefits, can visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/hired or call the National Apprenticeship Service on 0800 015 0600 or visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk Anyone interested in becoming an apprentice can call 0800 0150 400 or visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk Anyone aged between 16 and 19 who requires further support can contact the East Sussex Youth Employability Service (YES) on 01323 410803 or at www.facebook.com/yeseastsussex