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Flintshire in Business supports apprentices

Published: 27/10/2017

Flintshire in Business has partnered with Picture House Films to produce a short information film to show the benefits of apprenticeships. Flintshire in Business recognises how important an experienced workforce is to a successful business. They also appreciate the difficulty of recruiting and retaining local people with the necessary skills. Through Flintshire in Business, the Council is supporting local businesses to meet this skills gap and help grow the local economy by recruiting apprentices. Councillor Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, fully supports the apprenticeship route and said: “There are lots of great examples in this film showing career successes which started with an apprenticeship. I would like to see more apprenticeships available in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields and young people choosing this route as an alternative to full-time further education. “Not only does this benefit the apprentice, who can earn a lot of money while learning, but it helps the business to train and develop individuals in the right set of skills. It also gives the apprentices opportunities to further their careers which may not have been open to them through full-time education so early on in their careers.” Matt Booth, UK Manufacturing Lead at Electroimpact UK said: “We were really happy to be asked to be involved with this short film, Electroimpact UK has seen the benefits first hand of what the apprenticeship scheme does not only for the company but how it massively benefits the individual apprentices.” The learning element of an apprenticeship ranges from Level 1 right through to a master’s degree, so for many it can offer a really positive alternative to full-time study. The opportunities are endless and include Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers - an apprenticeship allows qualifications and experience to be gained at the same time. Working with local businesses, including Toyota, DRB Group, Anwyl Construction, Electroimpact and Picture House Films, the Council has produced this short film to highlight the benefits of taking the apprenticeship route to achieve career goals. This film will be circulated as widely as possible to include businesses, schools and colleges in the local area. The intention is to reach those that are in the early stages of planning their careers and need to think about an apprenticeship as a serious option or those that are perhaps looking for a career change. The film can be found via this link