New website launched to promote apprenticeships in Suffolk

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Suffolk County Council is celebrating Apprenticeship Week with the launch of a new website to support apprenticeship growth in the county.

The Apprenticeships Suffolk website now offers a one stop shop of information and advice for employers, apprentices, parents/carers, schools and careers advisors.

Apprenticeships Suffolk aims to promote the growth of apprenticeships by providing links to impartial advice, information and guidance. The website will also provide regular news updates and details of the latest apprenticeship opportunities.

The new online hub has been made possible thanks to a successful bid for £500,000 from the European Social Fund. Along with match funding from Suffolk County Council, it will also support building a new team to help small and medium-sized businesses to navigate how apprenticeships work.

Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said:

“Apprenticeships offer a great way for young people to get their first step on the career ladder. They provide the chance to train in a real work environment, whilst achieving a qualification and being paid. There are also huge benefits to employers of all sizes by taking on an apprentice and bringing new talent, skills and perspectives to their organisation.

“The new website makes it even easier for everyone to find information about apprenticeships. Relaunching Apprenticeships Suffolk will enable us to support the increase of quality apprenticeships on offer, creating new opportunities for young people and employers in Suffolk.”

The new service will also work with local partners including New Anglia LEP, Norfolk County Council, and other local authorities, as well as providers of apprenticeships.

The thirteenth National Apprenticeship Week runs from 3 to 7 February 2020 and is a week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.

For more information and the latest apprenticeship opportunities in Suffolk visit apprenticeshipssuffolk.org.