Apprenticeship opportunities are also becoming a significant challenge to fill, frustrating training providers and employers alike.
The Ladder for the Black Country, an Express & Star-backed campaign to champion the apprenticeship brand, is working with partners to match candidates to a wide range of vacancies in a wide range of positions.
There is a misconception that apprenticeships aren't real jobs, but they are with a contract of employment and paid holidays. They are not just for trades such as electricians and builders but also include accountancy, administration, marketing, IT, sales, construction, engineering and warehousing.
All age apprenticeships offer employment with guaranteed time off for study, completing a relevant qualification or industry standard, earning whilst you learn and with most large employers who have historically used a graduate scheme, now switching to employing apprentices as they pay into an apprenticeship levy to fund this training.
Vacancies can be viewed at midlandsopportunities.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit ladderfortheblackcountry.co.uk for further information.