Apprentice Town aims to make Chesterfield a town where young people, parents and our businesses think 'Apprenticeship First'.
We want to grow individual’s careers and futures alongside successful businesses and a growing local economy.
Apprentice Town aims to increase the number, levels and quality of apprenticeships available by raising awareness of apprenticeship opportunities in Chesterfield including traineeships, higher Level Apprenticeships and align these with opportunities emerging in the local economy.
In 2014/15 1250 people started an apprenticeship in Chesterfield. With investment in Chesterfield buoyant and unemployment low, more and more businesses in the town are taking on apprentices as a positive way of addressing their workforce needs. Benefits include:
- Solving recruitment challenges and growing your business;
- Increasing productivity;
- A tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff;
- Flexible training that meets needs of your business.
In April 2017 significant reforms to how apprenticeships are funded and delivered were introduced.
The new measures were introduced to make sure that apprenticeships are accessible to people from all backgrounds, employers have more control and access to higher quality training that meets the needs of their business.
Apprentice Town is a partnership between businesses, skills providers and the public sector.