Ladder planning a summer drive

Employers across the Black Country are being urged to get cracking on creating new apprenticeships for young people leaving education this summer.

The Ladder for the Black Country team is keen to make sure that as many opportunities as possible are in place.

Black Country Ladder co-ordinator Anne Moore said: “It is vital employers think now about summer recruitment and investing in new talent and skills training.”

She said that pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13 across the Black Country will return to school on April 19 for their last term before trying to enter the local workforce.

“Students have endured 12 months of disruption to their education yet are continuing to work hard to ensure they receive teacher assessments that will enable them to secure access to the roles and careers they have dreamed of pursuing.

“The Ladder is urging employers to look at how they can support young people to enter the workforce and help rebuild their economy and communities,” she explained.

The Government has increased incentives to employers, from the start of April to invest in apprenticeship programmes for new employees, making it cost effective to provide learning opportunities for school and college leavers to begin their career pathway leading to financially secure futures.

“It is important to encourage the enthusiasm and talents young people can bring to the workplace ensuring that they feel they can contribute to their local communities. Without employers making opportunities available to summer leavers, we are in danger of losing the skills and talents they can offer,” added Anne.

Employers interested in knowing more about apprenticeships or how they could offer employment opportunities to school leavers please email Anne Moore at or call 07789 645668.

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