In the first 100 days of the year 50 employers that we work with have enrolled 108 new apprentices on programmes with Damar. This is a real credit to the employers that we work with who are increasingly seeing the business benefits of apprenticeships, both for new and existing staff. We are also delighted that at least 11 of our employers have been able to support young people from Stockport as part of Stockport Council's campaign to increase local apprenticeship places.
Since last August (traditionally the start of the year for apprenticeship providers) new apprentice starts at Damar are almost exactly 50% ahead of the prior year. Even though the economic climate remains tough there does seem to be increased confidence in recruiting apprentices. It may be something to do with the fact that the overall recruitment and salary cost of apprentices in year one is significantly lower than for non apprentices, making apprenticeships a low risk but high return model for employers who are looking to start hiring again.
We are also working hard to strengthen our offer to employers:
- We have introduced our new “Welcome to Work” course for new apprentices, which is designed to support employers through the induction process.
- We have developed Accelerate© which opens up apprenticeships to new employees of all ages and educational backgrounds.
- We have teamed up with HHSC making us one of the only providers offering access to Advanced Apprenticeships in Housing...
...and if there is more that you think we can or should do to improve our service, please let us know!
So, without further ado, a big thank you to the 50...
Benchill Medical Practice
Chance Hunter Solicitors
Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Davies & Co
DSG Financial Services
Expotel Hotel Reservations
Fairhurst Estates Limited
Get Property Management
Giraffe Office Supplies
Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors
John H Nixon & Co.
Linder Myers Solicitors
My First Wish
NMG Legal Ltd
Pabla & Pabla
People for Work
Sale High School
Solutions SK Ltd