Apprentice roadshow

PHOTO: Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills (left) and Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and lead for Employment and Skills (front) with hopefuls Luke Whitehill, Ron Williams, Mark Williams, Luke Best and Nicole Murphy at the Knowsley assessment day for the Merseyside Apprentice Programme.
PHOTO: Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills (left) and Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and lead for Employment and Skills (front) with hopefuls Luke Whitehill, Ron Williams, Mark Williams, Luke Best and Nicole Murphy at the Knowsley assessment day for the Merseyside Apprentice Programme.

HUNDREDS of young people looking for apprenticeships have attended assessment events in the first stage of the recruitment process for the Merseyside Apprenticeship Programme.

Events took place in Knowsley for 16-24 year olds who applied for one of the 100 apprenticeship positions being advertised across the local authorities as part of a European Social Fund financed initiative.

The candidates were put through numeracy and literacy tests before being briefed about the apprenticeship programme and what it will entail.

As part of the scheme, employers will be given financial support towards the cost of their apprentice and training, while apprentices will be given a two year paid placement and the opportunity to gain up to an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject as well as invaluable work experience.