Damar Training and The PRCA are pleased to announce that it has secured a grant from policy, research, and strategy think-tank New Economy in Manchester, to invest in PR apprenticeships in Greater Manchester.
The grant of £50,000 has been won following a bidding process against several other companies. The grant comes as part of the Greater Manchester Commitment, a campaign to help young people into apprenticeships and other types of jobs with training.
The grant money has been won by the PRCA working in partnership with Manchester-based apprenticeship specialists, Damar Training. The funding will allow the partners to create new resources for the qualification and provide high quality information, advice and guidance on PR Apprenticeships for employers, schools and young people.
The PRCA and Damar aim to create 20 new apprenticeship vacancies in Greater Manchester by December 2015. The partnership and grant money will be used to facilitate this aim, offering new starters apprenticeships at reputable companies where they can develop their PR skills with no student debt.
In order to achieve these aims, the PRCA is looking to recruit a part-time Business Development Manager in Manchester who will lead the creation of the apprenticeship opportunities. If you are interested in applying for this role or would like any further information, please contact Leanne Foy.
Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “The partnership with Damar Training, alongside the fantastic investment from New Economy in Manchester, will help to further diversify the PR industry in Greater Manchester, allowing us to ensure that candidates from a broader range of backgrounds can be given opportunities. The aim to create 20 new PR Apprenticeship vacancies in Greater Manchester by December 2015 will be a huge step in the right direction for apprentices and employers alike.”
Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director, Damar Training, added: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the PRCA to deliver quality PR apprenticeships and training in the region, with the aim of preventing a potential skills gap.
“We’re seeing growing demand for apprenticeships from the sector – it’s great to see that both agencies and in-house teams alike are keen to take on apprentices.”