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Apprentices can rebuild workforce after lockdown

Companies re-emerging from lockdown are being urged not to forsake apprenticeships and plunge the Covid Class of 2020 into long-term unemployment.

Many education-leavers get their first step on the career ladder as apprentices.

But Sheffield charity The Source Skills Academy fears companies will not have them on their agenda as they focus on huge dilemmas over existing workforces.

“We are urging businesses to remember how vital it is that the Class of 2020 get the chance of a future and also to realise that setting on apprentices now brings many benefits,” said CEO Tricia Smith.

“They can play a crucial role in rebuilding workforces. Apprentices taking on junior tasks will free up experienced staff as you work through the crisis and rebuild your workforce of the future.

“In addition, apprenticeships are open to people of all ages and could give new careers to workers made redundant as a result of the pandemic.”

Some 14,000 apprentices are appointed annually in the Sheffield City Region and normally the award-winning training academy has companies lining up to recruit for summer. Pre lockdown many were ready to interview candidates.

But in line with other training providers, The Source is forecasting a worrying decrease in apprenticeship availability by at least 25 per cent.

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Source team ready with support as jobless crisis deepens

Specialists at The Source are on hand for workers losing jobs in the pandemic.

“They will be shocked, worried about money and afraid they won’t find another job. But we have got hundreds of unemployed people back into work and are ready to help,” said Helen Lee, who runs the academy’s Steps To Work programme.

By up-skilling, rebuilding confidence and keeping spirits positive, Steps To Work helps jobless people who are not in education or training.

Skills in English, maths and ICT, plus CV-writing and interview techniques, are boosted and additional qualifications can be studied online with supportive tutors in subjects ranging from Health and Safety and Customer Service to Payroll and Accountancy.

“Then we hunt for jobs and help candidates through the process,” said Helen. “We look for jobs to match their skills, but also prepare those who need to change direction.”

Apprenticeships, which are for people of all ages and levels of experience, are another route open to people losing jobs in the crisis.



Business Training at The Source is Now Online…

To support companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, innovative national training provider The Source has redesigned its accredited training courses so they can be fully accessed online. Full funding has been secured to cover the costs for SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Contact

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