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Ladder for Shropshire launches Facebook page to showcase apprenticeship vacancies

The Facebook page is called ‘Ladder for Shropshire’ and it is hoped young people, parents, grandparents or anyone else interested in apprenticeships will follow the page to see the daily updates of which opportunities are available with businesses in Shropshire.

Within the first two weeks since it was launched, the Facebook page has attracted over 500 followers.

Amanda Carpenter, project officer for the Ladder for Shropshire, said: “A very important aspect of the Ladder’s work is also promoting apprenticeship opportunities to young people and encouraging them to apply, so we are really pleased to have the Facebook page to keep young people in touch with the great opportunities available.”

Construction plant firm looking to hire new apprentice in Ludlow

Clee Hill Plant Limited has a vacancy for an apprentice plant technician to work at its Ludlow depot.

The successful candidate will work closely with a mentor who will help them develop and learn about the role.

They will be involved in servicing and repairs on heavy plant machinery such as JCB’s, Bomag Rollers etc.

Gavin Kirk, HR manager, said: "Clee Hill Plant has a long history of supporting apprentices through their training programmes and enabling them to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in plant maintenance and repair.

Ludlow-based business seeks new apprentices

Ludlow-based Blocsphere, which provides block property management services to residential and commercial clients throughout the UK, is looking for a property administrator and sale support administrator.

After starting out over eight years ago by founders Ashley and Joy Davies, the company said it plans to become the number one property management company in the UK.

Indie Oliver, partnership operations manager, said: "To achieve this goal, we are undergoing a period of unprecedented growth and we now have many exciting vacancies available at our head office in Shropshire or remotely across the UK. We currently have several different level two customer service opportunities at our head office.

Telford's Start Software delivers on apprenticeships

Start Software in Telford creates easy-to-use web software and mobile apps for all sizes of businesses and organisations.

The team is made up of software designers, developers, testers and technical authors with experience of working on a huge range of software systems.

Director Elaine Porter said “We are an advocate for apprenticeships and very keen to nurture new talent. We feel the apprenticeship route allows us to train young people who then become valued members of the team.

"We have recently offered William Price full time employment after completion of his apprenticeship.


Tasty opportunity for jobseekers at Shrewsbury confectionery firm

Champion & Reeves, which is based at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury, wants to strengthen its team with a new manufacturing apprentice.

The manufacturer makes luxury confectionery which are all 100 per cent natural with no artificial additives or flavourings and are gluten free.

The products are sold nationally and internationally including all the UK royal houses such as Buckingham Palace.

Jacqueline Champion, director at Champion & Reeves, said: “The apprentice will become part of the skilled team who manufacturer the beautiful confectionery.

“The apprentice will gain all the skills required and be part of our expanding business.”

The Ladder in action – Sammie steps up making space for new apprentice

The apprentice will be involved in a range of administrative work including administering meetings, telephone and customer contact, computerised records, and dealing with post.

The Ladder for Shropshire was approached by Sammie Milton, who joined Bluebird Care seven years ago as a business administration apprentice.

She completed her NVQ level three in business administration, was taken on permanently and later promoted to manager’s assistant. Last month, Sammie was promoted yet again to recruitment officer.

Carl lands role with Shrewsbury delivery firm

The business, which launched in 2018, has taken on Carl Evans as a digital marketing apprentice.

Carl said: “I wanted to start an apprenticeship because it offers a great chance of gaining a qualification as well as providing working experience at the same time.

“Rather than spending years at university, an apprenticeship offers a fantastic opportunity to start a career in digital marketing. I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about digital marketing as well as all that comes with the job role."

Lewis secures carpentry apprenticeship through Ladder for Shropshire

Lewis has secured the carpentry apprenticeship with Telford-based Custom Garden Rooms.

The firm was introduced to Amanda Carpenter, the project lead for the Ladder for Shropshire, by Mary-Anne Clayton from mechanical and electrical services contractors Dodd Group.

Dodd Group is a recent Ladder ambassador which has been supportive in promoting apprenticeships within its own supply chain and contacts. This has lead to Custom Garden Rooms contacting Amanda to discuss the options of a carpentry apprenticeship.

New apprenticeship opportunity with Telford manufacturer

The new role of health, safety and environment apprentice will support the operations director in fulfilling a number of key health and safety requirements across the organisation and will benefit from a 24-month apprenticeship programme qualification in association with In-Comm Training.

The successful candidate will gain IOSH and NEBOSH certification while working towards the safety, health and environment technician level three qualification.

Operations director, Wayne Carter, said: “This role will be central in helping to strengthen FSP’s existing procedures and processes and to embed the right culture across the organisation.”

Fast-growing interior business looking to recruit apprentices through Ladder for Shropshire

Working with the Ladder for Shropshire, Charlested Interiors wants to recruit new warehouse and office staff after experiencing 300 per cent growth in the past 12 months.

Charlested Interiors is a rapidly developing, social media driven company with over 200,000 Instagram followers and a fast-growing Pinterest following. A further 200 per cent financial growth is on track for 2021, the company said.

Suzie Mckeown, operations manager, said: “We are now looking to expand our team both in our warehouse and office, and have a number of opportunities ideal for apprentices looking to join a fast-moving, busy company with scope for development within the business.

"We are passionate about investing in our workforce and offering a balanced work life at Charlested. We have opportunities for apprenticeships and Kickstart as well as both full and part-time positions in warehousing, business administration and customer service.

“I have mentored many apprentices in the past and seen first hand the benefits of nuturing young people through a business, seeing their development and progression, building an exciting and fulfilling career that they are passionate about. I know how much of a positive difference these opportunities will make to Charlested, and we are delighted to be able to offer succession through apprenticeships to new and our existing staff who are driven to succeed."

Garden landscaping specialist offering chance for apprentices to blossom

utler Landscapes, multiple Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal winners and a specialist in all aspects of garden design, landscape construction and garden maintenance, is offering the apprenticeships.

Based in Prees, the company undertakes garden projects for private and commercial clients throughout the whole UK.

It says it has built up a strong reputation in the local area and all work is undertaken by a professional, experienced team, including qualified landscapers and garden designers.

The organisation would like to grow its team of experts by training two apprentices who will train as a landscaping operative, or for the right person, landscaping supervisor.

The training will involve groundworks as well as specific gardening, horticultural skills and construction.

The company said this is a fantastic opportunity for young people who like to be outdoors gaining the satisfaction of creating amazing spaces.

The apprenticeships will be organised by County Training, working in conjunction with North Shropshire College.


Shropshire Council recognises apprentices with virtual awards event

To mark the achievements and contribution to the workplace, Shropshire Council held a virtual awards event last week, where over 70 members of staff and training providers attended.

The council has 192 apprentices who are currently developing their skills on the job within the council and its maintained schools.

As an Apprenticeship Levy-paying employer, the council and its schools use apprenticeships as a key route of development for members of staff.

The criteria of each award category focused on the commitment, contribution and potential for future success for each nominee. The awards were sponsored by Barnsley College, University of Wolverhampton and Skills Training UK, providing a prize for each of the winners.

Dodd Group becomes latest Ladder for Shropshire ambassador

Dodd Group has for many years been a great supporter of apprenticeships to develop its next generation of employees.

Dodd Group supports a wide range of apprenticeships, covering both mechanical (gas) and electrical, and has recently delivered a very successful management upskilling apprenticeship programme, resulting in a number of their managers and supervisors gaining merits and distinctions in level three leadership and management, along with enrolling its contract administrators on a customer service apprenticeship.

This investment ensures that there is an on-going supply of skilled operatives for Dodd Group activities and that there are opportunities for young people from the communities it serves.


Engineering and sub contract manufacturing firm takes on new apprentice

Lewis Gilbert has joined CEL Group as a level two supply chain warehouse operative in conjunction with Juniper Training and with support from the Ladder for Shropshire.

Lewis started his apprenticeship on February 1 after impressing Ryan Clark, head of engineering and quality UK at CEL, during his interview.

Ryan, who has become Lewis’s mentor, said: “At my previous place of work, I was the apprentice coordinator where we would take on three or four apprentices a year so I’ve conducted a few interviews.

"I usually like to just have a sit down with a relaxed chat, finding out about the candidates personality, hobbies and what drives them. Also, I have to judge on attitude and impressions, not just first ones, but throughout the interview.

"We pretty much knew instantly that Lewis was for us when we met him.”

Bridge Cheese apprentices get a taste of the sector

Holly Rosser and Alicia Turrell are level three business administration apprentices with the Stafford Park-based company which produces a range of cheese products for customers such as restaurant chains, food manufacturers and wholesalers.

Managing director Michael Harte said the food and drink sector was a great choice for youngsters looking to complete an apprenticeship.

"No matter the wider economic situation, food is one product which people literally can't live without. This stability can make it a great career choice. Our industry is looking to recruit 140,000 people by 2024 to feed an estimated population of 70 million people, so getting in on the ground floor through an apprenticeship is a good move. We are delighted to have welcomed Alicia and Holly to our team here in Telford, where they have the opportunity to work, learn and earn at the same time."


Shropshire organisations highlight importance of apprenticeships

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have all highlighted the importance apprenticeships have in getting people on the career ladder.

It comes as events have been taking place during this week's National Apprenticeship Week, an annual event that seeks to highlight the work being done by employers and apprentices across the UK.

One of the events – the Shropshire Council Virtual Apprenticeship Awards – was held virtually yesterday and celebrated the achievements and success of apprenticeships at the council and schools.

Richard Sheehan, chief executive of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "As we continue to move towards the new world of business, the shape of our workforce and its evolution has never been more important.

Ladder for Shropshire gets backing ahead of National Apprenticeship Week

The Ladder for Shropshire campaign has received further support ahead of next week's National Apprenticeship Week.

MP Robert Halfon, who is chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee, said showcasing apprenticeships and skills was as important as ever during these unprecedented times.

Mobility business seeks new apprentice through Ladder for Shropshire

Shifnal-based Quest 88 is seeking a bicycle mechanic apprentice to join its team. With more than 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of rehabilitation products, the firm’s range of cycles and tricycles enable people overcome their obstacles to cycling through the latest in adaptive and cycling technology.

Amanda Carpenter, project lead for the Ladder for Shropshire, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for a young person to learn such a great skill alongside an experienced cycle mechanic with 20 years’ experience.

Tom takes up a fresh challenge

The first business to work with the relaunched Ladder for Shropshire campaign has gained an apprentice. Shrewsbury-based Danvac Ltd has recruited Tom Ellis as an electrical engineer.

Tom said: “I wanted to find something that would offer me a good trade and a long-term career. I am aware of apprenticeships, but I hadn’t realised what great opportunities were out there until I spotted the advert for this vacancy.

“I can openly say that my attitude to apprenticeships has changed. Danvac really want to train and guide me into a long-term career, I am very thankful.”

Opportunities for young people to take a step on career ladder

Three businesses in Halesfield, Telford are currently offering warehousing, business administration or manufacturing apprenticeships.

Organisers of the Ladder for Shropshire campaign are encouraging people to apply during a time where many have been left out of work because of the Covid pandemic.

Amanda added: “The Ladder is grateful to these Telford businesses that are stepping up to offer the apprenticeships and excited to think that local young people could be starting their careers in a matter of a couple of weeks.”

Ladder for Shropshire: Firms are urged to join campaign

Amanda Carpenter, project lead for the campaign, said she has been “overwhelmed” by the support received since it was relaunched in October, but is keen to secure more opportunities for young people next year.

A host of Shropshire businesses have already come forward to offer apprenticeships.

“Having joined the Ladder for Shropshire in October as the project lead I couldn’t have imagined what an impact the initiative would have,” Amanda said.


Telford bakery offering apprenticeships through Ladder for Shropshire

Telford-based Flower & White is the latest business to support the campaign to help get people on the career ladder.

The apprenticeships will be delivered by Telford College and will be supporting the business in an operations and analytics role, and within the warehouse and packing environment.

Family-run Flower & White has offered apprenticeships for many years with the aim to introduce new talent and energy into its team. Positions have been offered in all areas of the company, including the bakery, finance and analytics.

Life Ready Work Ready partners with Ladder for Shropshire

Life Ready Work Ready supports youngsters in the county by engaging with local businesses and encouraging school/business links in a variety of ways such as workplace visits, work experience, and school engagement events.

Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for the economy, housing, transport and infrastructure, said: “Our aim is to support businesses within our borough and to create the work force of the future by providing the right careers advice needed to inspire young people.

“We want to support our schools and colleges to better prepare students for the opportunities that exist locally and be better prepared for the world of work. To do this we are in constant contact with organisations to make those school/business links.

“We are currently supporting 35 schools and engage with over 3,000 businesses across the whole of Shropshire.

"Employers who we are working with us do ask us about progression and apprenticeships and it will be great to have the Ladder for Shropshire on hand to offer independent specialist advice and support.”


Apprenticeship award winners receive praise from Ladder for Shropshire organisers

Building contractor Pave Aways has received praise from the organisers behind the Ladder for Shropshire campaign after winning an apprenticeship award.

The Knockin-based firm won the Education and Apprenticeships award in the Shropshire Chamber Business awards.

The title was awarded at the event that was held virtually this year due to coronavirus following an independent judging process that was also conducted virtually.

Amanda Carpenter, project lead for Ladder for Shropshire, said: “I would like to congratulate Pave Aways for winning the award and their commitment to education and apprenticeships. We are very lucky to have a local business with such passion for supporting local young people.”

Steven Owen, managing director of Pave Aways, said: “Winning this award is a huge boost for us all as it reinforces the efforts we’re making to offer education and training to young people and to build a sustainable future for our business."


Ladder for Shropshire working to improve youth unemployment

As anticipated the Covid pandemic has had huge impacts on unemployment amongst 16 to 24 year olds, with those registered with the Department for Work and Pensions at the end of October hitting 3,943 compared with 1,633 at the beginning of the year.

Working in partnership with the Shropshire Star, the Ladder is reaching out to employers to encourage them to step up and ensure that this generation of young people is not forgotten and is able to take its place in contributing to the economic recovery of the area post-pandemic.

Amanda Carpenter, project lead for the Ladder, said: "I am overwhelmed by the support of local employers who are stepping up and offering opportunities.

"We have created apprenticeships that are currently being advertised in engineering, business administration, manufacturing, warehousing, customer service and computer programming, and the first positions to join the Ladder are being filled."

Ladder for Shropshire: Two more businesses offer apprenticeship opportunities

The warehouse opportunity at Telford-based engineering and sub contract manufacturing company, CEL Group, is being offered in conjunction with Juniper Training.

Meanwhile, Market Drayton-based CE Projects Ltd, a specialist in the installation and maintenance of effluent treatment and diary vending equipment, is offering an Engineering Operative apprenticeship in conjunction with SBC Training.

Simon Cartwright, the sales director at CEL Group, said: “The apprenticeship scheme is a great opportunity. It provides a valuable insight into industry, enabling apprentices to earn whilst they learn."

Hospital becomes ambassador for Ladder for Shropshire campaign

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital near Oswestry has joined the Ladder for Shropshire campaign as an ambassador to promote apprenticeships.

Health and social care, with almost 24,000 people, is the largest employment sector in the county and has been so important during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The trust has been offering apprenticeships for many years and endeavours to ensure that young people are continually part of its recruitment and development process.

Allen Edwards, learning and development officer for the trust, said it currently has 56 apprentices across a wide range of occupations, clinical, administrative, housekeeping, catering and maintenance, and a further six opportunities are about to be offered.

Ladder for Shropshire has new project lead

Amanda Carpenter has joined the Ladder for Shropshire as project lead and is already hitting the ground running.

“I have many years’ experience of supporting young people and working with employers to identify apprenticeship opportunities.

The Ladder for Shropshire is an exciting initiative to be part of, and the perfect opportunity for me to use my passion, experience and expertise to offer impartial advice to employers on apprenticeships, traineeships and kickstart including all of the incentives that are on offer.

My goal is to encourage as many employers as possible to create opportunities to support the growing number of the young unemployed in Shropshire after the devastation of the pandemic. Youth unemployment has doubled since the beginning of the year and the number of apprenticeships on offer is almost 50 per cent lower than this time last year, so the more businesses that we can engage with the more of an impact we can make for young people and for the local economy."