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Pop up stall highlights apprenticeship chances

To celebrate National Apprenticeship week (3-7 March), charity Papworth Trust is running a pop up stall on Tuesday 4 March at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich.

Papworth Trust is encouraging local young people aged 18-24 who are looking to develop a career to drop in between 10am and 2pm to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available for them.

The Trust runs an apprentice scheme in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, which helps 18-24 year olds find apprenticeships in areas such as marketing, hospitality and IT. The charity’s staff also work directly with local businesses to help them hire apprentices, including sourcing the candidates and doing the paperwork.

“As it is National Apprenticeship Week, we want to raise awareness of the opportunities that are available in Ipswich,” said Victoria Matthews, Papworth Trust Employment Advisor.

“An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and gain qualifications. Come along and meet us and find out how we can help you take your next step. We will also have a representative from charity YMCA Training there who can tell you more about the training opportunities that are available. We’d also love to speak to any Ipswich based businesses with up to 100 employees who are thinking about hiring an apprentice.”

19 year old Johanna Taylor was one of the first people to be helped by the scheme. She studied English, Psychology and Spanish at college, but had been job searching since leaving in June 2013. Johanna has just started as an administrator at The Hub Business Centre in Ipswich.

Johanna said, “My advisor Victoria was lovely and really put me at ease. I am very excited about my apprenticeship. It will give me invaluable experience and help me to develop useful real world business skills. It feels great to get on the
career ladder.”

Robert Stimpson, Director of the Hub Business Centre said, “Johanna is a great addition to our team and we think she will be a huge asset during her year with us. Papworth Trust sourced and put forward suitable candidates for interview and did all of the paperwork – it’s such an easy process. With the likely benefits to our business I’d be confident recommending it to other employers.”

For more information about Papworth Trust’s apprentice scheme, please call 0300 456 2355 or go to www.papworth.org.uk/apprenticeships

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