A ton of apprentices

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 by The Manufacturer

The campaign to find 100 apprentices in 100 days in Wiltshire has got off to a flying start with 30 apprentices already signed up in the first 29 days.

The campaign, launched by Wiltshire Enterprise and backed by the Gazette & Herald and Wiltshire Times focuses on a range of new apprentices includes the traditional apprenticeship trades such as motor vehicle and business administration with some more specialist appointments in areas such as design support and butchery.

Total inquiries for the campaign are almost up to 200, with plenty of work being done by the team of Training Coordinators that work for Wiltshire Enterprise to turn this opportunities into new apprenticeships.

Some of the new apprenticeships have taken the team outside of the county, such as the three new apprentices just starting at Poeten Industries based in Gloucester.

Poeten who specialise in protective coatings for a wide range of components in industries such as Aerospace, arranged their new apprenticeships through the specialist engineering section of Wiltshire Enterprise – Avon Vale Training. Avon Vale has been providing engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships throughout the South West for more than 40 years, serving an ever changing sector which is prominent in the region.

The next major milestone is the Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Thursday at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge, where Nick Hewer from the BBC series The Apprentice will be presenting more than 30 awards to last years apprentices and businesses.