Sir Menzies Campbell MP and local Fife councillor Tim Brett today urged businesses in North East Fife to get behind efforts to provide 100 local young people with the chance to gain work experience through apprenticeships or training opportunities.
The new campaign is aiming to persuade local businesses to sign up to taking on one or more apprentices or trainees to create a 100 new opportunities for local young people.
The 100 Apprentices Challenge will be launched at Watts of Cupar on 8 August 2014 and all employers – large or small, whether they've employed apprentices and trainees before or not – are invited to attend. Local training providers who are taking part in the challenge will be present to speak to employers about the possibilities that taking on an apprentice or providing a work experience placement offer.
A number of local businesses, who have employed apprentices in the past, as well as the apprentices themselves, will make contributions in support of the challenge and to encourage others to sign up.
Commenting, Sir Menzies Campbell said:
“Young people in North East Fife have an enormous amount to offer local businesses but too often they do not get the chance they need to gain essential skills and experience. I think that needs to change.
“Apprenticeships and training opportunities are key to ensuring young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market. Not only do they provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had, they are a real help to all businesses who take them on.”
Councillor Tim Brett added:
“The 100 Apprentices Challenge is seeking to give 100 young people across North East Fife the opportunity to gain skills and take vital first steps on the career ladder. I hope that as many local businesses as possible will get behind this initiative and help give more young people the chance to succeed.”