MORE than 1,000 apprenticeships have been created in the North East so far in a campaign championed by The Journal. It has been just over nine weeks since we launched 100 Days: The Apprenticeship Challenge which aims to get more businesses and organisations to sign up apprentices.
And the campaign organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce has so far seen 1,107 apprenticeships created – an average of 123 a week.
The campaign aims to help companies in the region to take on more staff and increase their skills base as well as to help to get the jobless back into work.
Alan Wallace, head of employer accounts for the NAS, said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful that so many employers have chosen to support the campaign and offer apprenticeship opportunities.”
Last year, The Journal and its sister paper, the Evening Gazette, worked with NAS to get 100 firms to take on 100 apprentices in 100 days.
Within a few weeks it was so successful we had to increase the target to 500. When the 100 days were up, we were able to report 1,355 apprenticeships had been created.
NECC chief executive James Ramsbotham said: “I am delighted that the NECC could once again support this fantastic campaign. The Journal and all the individuals and businesses involved must be congratulated for an incredible effort once again!”