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Today the Advertiser highlights Newark and Sherwood District Council’s bid to persuade local companies to create 100 apprenticeships.

Working in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) the council will encourage and support businesses of all sizes that wish to appoint an apprentice for the first time, or build on existing apprenticeship programmes.

The campaign is supported by partners including the Advertiser, local colleges, private training providers, Newark Business Club, Jobcentre Plus and the district’s secondary schools.

There are all-round benefits associated with apprenticeship schemes.

Those taken on are willing workers who want to learn on the job. They become skilled, motivated employees.

The NAS says research shows apprenticeships are among the best ways of training and developing people for the future.

It says businesses develop highly skilled workforces and often see a boost in productivity and better staff retention.

Karen Woodward, divisional apprenticeships director with the NAS, said: “Apprenticeships can have a very positive impact on businesses and the community and I hope this campaign encourages small businesses especially to take advantage of the support available.”

Interested employers should note the campaign launch date: February 13 at 7.45am at Kelham Hall, while another important date for the diary is the Apprenticeship Fair at Newark Town Hall on March 12.

Opportunity knocks for employers and potential recruits.

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