Damar strengthens apprencticehip support for unemployed

Leading apprenticeship training provider Damar Training has further strengthened its team with the appointment of Jackie Hardy as business development executive.

Jackie comes to Damar from welfare to work provider i2i, where she specialised in developing links with employers and creating opportunities for the unemployed to get back into work.

As Jackie explained, welfare to work and apprenticeships are closer than people may think:

"People who are out of work often face skills barriers when it comes to getting into employment. Apprenticeships are a way of making re-entry to the labour market easier. Knowing that the candidate will receive a year’s post-employment training, largely delivered at work, increases the confidence of employers and candidates and increases the new starter’s chances of success."

Using apprenticeships as a way of creating sustainable job outcomes is a core part of Damar’s strategy. Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director, commented:

"Apprenticeships are a highly cost-effective way of delivering work-based training to new and existing employees of all ages. Although key priorities for the Government are around the million or so jobseekers under the age of 25, funding support is also available to many older job seekers. We look at staff retention rates with our employers and consistently find that new staff who are supported with apprenticeship training do better than those who are not."

"Jackie’s appointment will mean that we can reach more employers and jobseekers. It also means that we can support major "back to work" initiatives such as the Work Programme that was launched last month."

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