05 Mar 2018
Local community interest company Shaping Portsmouth is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, by taking to the road. With help from Stagecoach South who will be providing a bus for the event, Shaping Portsmouth is visiting schools and central points in the city to raise awareness of the great opportunities for apprenticeships in the city.
This forms part of a national event which falls this year between 5th and 9th of March. It celebrates the success of apprenticeships whilst showcasing what’s on offer to people and encouraging more to choose this pathway into their chosen career.
The road show will be on Wednesday 7th March and will visit large employers in the area such as Biscoes, Apollo, IBM, Gunwharf Quays as well as Lakeside. The event is also supported by the University of Portsmouth.
Keshia Stewart, Next Generation Programme Manager, who organises programmes through Shaping Portsmouth for the city’s youth, says “Apprenticeships are an incredibly important part of any industry. With changes implemented, such as the Levy and the new Standards, it is more important than ever for employers to encourage the Next Generation to see Apprenticeships as a viable, credible career path. We want to celebrate apprentices, apprentice employers and raise awareness of this awesome career path across our City”
Edward Hodgson Managing Director of Stagecoach South says, “We’re delighted to be supporting such a great campaign. Every year Stagecoach takes on a number of engineering apprentices and they are a vital part of the business. It’s essential that we support the next generation to further their career ambitions and develop them into skilled individuals. Locally we have taken on 33 apprentices over the past 15 years”.
“The Stagecoach engineering apprenticeship is a four year programme, in either mechanical and electrical engineering combined or body repair. The application process opens on the 1st May, with successful candidates starting between August and September”.
Shaping Portsmouth helps to deliver strategic and operational partnerships between Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth businesses and educational institutions at all levels in the city. Their aim is to run relevant programmes that support the needs of the city and support the objectives of its partners. Their recent pledge to Inspire the Next Generation has been widely accepted and applauded across the City so far this year.
Main photo : Keshia Stewart, organiser of the event with representatives from Shaping Portsmouth, The Royal Navy and Stagecoach who provided the bus for the tour across the city of Portsmouth.