YOUNG apprentices are being given a chance to sign-up for a unique new scheme.
The drive has been backed by a number of Solihull businesses in a bid to give more young people the chance to get their dream job.
So far The Best Of Solihull, Cre8 Health and Fitness, and BSB Internet Consultancy Ltd have signed-up for the programme which has been launched by apprenticeship provider Skillwise and Entrepreneurs Circle – a national body which helps small enterprises to grow.
Across the country, 250 young people aged from 17 and 23-years-old have already been hand-picked to take part in the rigorous 10-week programme.
The scheme will include a two-week residential placement at one of the Skillwise academy centres.
They will learn about marketing and social media support and complete a level one certification in business administration.
After that, they will return to their businesses for eight weeks before returning for another two-week intensive residential programme before starting their 12-month apprenticeship, where they will receive a weekly wage of between £100 and £200 for 30 hours of work.
Those who complete the course will gain numerous qualifications including a NVQ level two in business administration and marketing, introduction to copywriting certificate, advanced social media certificate and EC post-graduate certificates in business essentials, social media and marketing.
Nick Williams, director of Skillwise, said the response to the EC apprenticeship programme had been ‘phenomenal’.
He added: “Not only will these entrepreneurs have the opportunity to harness the new apprentices’ skills, they will benefit from solid support in an area that is often neglected when owners are too busy trying to build their business.”
Most businesses will be eligible for government grants of between £1,500 and £3,000 towards the £6,000 annual cost of employing an apprentice.
Those wanting to apply must have a GCSE in maths and English of C grade or above.
Visit www.mynewapprentice.co.uk/dreamjob for more information.