Although the jobs market for young people remains tough, Stockport-based Damar Training is reporting an increasing number of opportunities for potential apprentices. In addition to a paid job with a local employer, apprentices receive a package of training leading to nationally recognised qualifications that, depending on the level, are equivalent to GCSEs, A levels or a foundation degree. Damar is currently working for example with the likes of Mercedes, Stockport Homes and Ofsted, all of whom are looking to take on apprentices in office-based positions.
Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director commented:
“There are local employers looking to grow over the coming year or two and many are looking for apprentices who can help them do this. These roles present a young person with a great opportunity to come into an organisation, to learn, get paid and progress to higher level qualifications and more senior positions.”
“There is no student debt and no training costs for the employer if the apprentice is aged under 19. In addition, employers in Stockport currently have the added incentive of a £1,000 grant from the Council if they take on a local 16-18 year old. Other regional and national incentives may be available too.”
One local employer making the most of apprenticeships is guitar-making supplies business Tonetech Limited. Their apprentice, Ciara Fletcher is the current holder of Damar’s Learner of the Year Award. Bill Quinn, Tonetech’s Managing Director said:
“Ciara’s training and aptitude have been invaluable for our business. So much so that I have been able to take a full week’s holiday for the first time in 3 years. The youth of today often come in for criticism but Ciara is evidence of the fact we have a vibrant, intelligent, capable and hardworking generation that are a credit to themselves.”
If you are interested in becoming an apprentice or know of someone who is, call Damar on 0161 480 8171.