Aspiring apprentices’ new gateway to jobs

24 November 2020
School leavers and employers across the North East and Yorkshire are set to benefit from an enhanced recruitment service that will connect young people with job opportunities. 

Northern Skills Group, Middlesbrough College’s apprenticeship and training company, has boosted its recruitment service to give young people new tools for finding the right apprenticeship. 

In turn, Northern Skills Group’s expert advisors will work with employers to recruit apprentices who are well suited to their workplaces.

Steph Coleman, executive director of business development at Northern Skills Group, explained: “We’re offering applicants advice on what industries and jobs may suit them and how to present themselves via CVs and in interviews. 

“It’s all part of a package to make sure people are connected to the right apprenticeship opportunity and that we set them off on a career that they’re going to get a lot out of.

“Our team is brimming with expertise. All of us have experienced life in different industries, and we’re using that to give applicants first-hand advice and insights they can use to get started in their careers.”

The service starts when someone applies to a current apprenticeship vacancy on the Northern Skills Group website. 

Northern Skills Group’s team review the application and then invite the person to join a series of sessions – both in person where appropriate and via the online video chat platform Zoom. 

These sessions deliver detailed advice to apprenticeship hopefuls, including how to hone their interview technique, how to make their CV standout and discussion about what roles their abilities and interests are suited to. 

Peter Donnelly, who has recently joined Northern Skills Group as business development and commercial manager, is giving applicants the benefit of his extensive experience working with employers.

He added: “For many years I’ve worked with all sorts of businesses across different sectors, which has given me a great understanding of what employers are looking for in apprentices. 

“I’m using that knowledge to give our applicants guidance and support that will not only help them find the best pathway into an apprenticeship, but also make sure that first step on the career ladder is leading to a job they’ll enjoy.”

For employers, the service means they’ll receive an even higher quality of applications from learners with not only the right technical skills but also a much deeper awareness of their industry.

Already, hundreds of Northern Skills Group apprentices are working in businesses across the North East and Yorkshire, having been supported to take their first step in their chosen field. 

Those interested in applying for an apprenticeship and benefiting from Northern Skills Group’s new service should visit the Northern Skills Group website or call 03453 40 40 40

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