October 2 2014 Latest news:
Duncan Brodie, business editor
Saturday, August 23, 2014
An initiative by the ONE Haverhill partnership has helped to triple the number of apprenticeships being created in the town over the past five months.
The partnership, which brings together a broad cross-section of organisations from the public and private sectors, announced in March that its youth skills manager, Karen Chapple, had worked with local companies to set up 15 new apprentices as part of its Keep Local Young Talent in Haverhill campaign.
Now, just five months later, a further 36 opportunities have been created, bringing the total for the year so far to 51.
Working with businesses to help facilitate more apprenticeship opportunities for Haverhill youngsters was one of the key aims of ONE Haverhill’s Community Budget Plan which was launched last year, alongside improving the physical environment in the town.
The youth skills manager post, funded by Jobcentre Plus and managed by Haverhill Town Council, has also helped to match suitable candidates with some of the apprenticeship opportunities created.
Sarah Howard, chair of the ONE Haverhill board and president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are just thrilled with the progress that Karen has made. This is exactly why ONE Haverhill was set up, as a partnership to bring organisations together to take practical real action in our town to help future generations.
“The figures do not include other apprenticeships that some of the companies that took on an apprentice earlier this year have now gone on to create on their own thanks to the support and advice of our youth skills manager.
“We must also praise our fantastic local businesses in the town who have recognised the value of taking on local talent in Haverhill to help their companies grow.
“Karen makes this happen by advising them and supporting them through the process but the will from the companies has to be there and in Haverhill there is real community spirit and a passion to get on in business.”
West SuffolK MP Matthew Hancock, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy, added: “ONE Haverhill has done a brilliant job in facilitating opportunities for local companies to help local people in the town.
“I am delighted that local businesses are taking advantage of talented young people and pursing the opportunity for business growth by employing apprentices.”