How apprenticeship scheme has boosted employment for young people in Winterton

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Mar 2019

An apprenticeship scheme designed to boost employment in Winterton has seen 17 young people find vocational employment in the town.

And now, the Winterton 2022 organisation, which works in partnership with Ongo Recruitment on the project, is encouraging other employers to sign up and take advantage of the benefits of taking on apprentices.

Businesses employing an apprentice in Winterton through the scheme will receive 50 per cent of the apprentice's salary costs, finance for training costs, as well as support with the employment, recruitment and training of the apprentice.

The scheme is being highlighted as part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Friday, March 8.

Having not employed an apprentice for some time, Richard Clayton of Richtoy said he was delighted with the staff member he has gained through the Winterton 2022 apprenticeship scheme.

He said: "The Winterton 2022 apprenticeship scheme is a positive thing to help businesses in Winterton during tough economic times.

Apprentice Lewis Gillett with Richard Clayton of Richtoy in Winterton

"It is the first time we have taken on a grant of any kind. The process of employing an apprentice was very easy. We are fortunate to have gained a great apprentice who is willing to learn and listen, who I’d to see work here for a long time."

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Lewis Gillett started his apprenticeship with Richtoy in November and said: "I am really enjoying my apprenticeship. I’m able to study at college and then put what I learn into practice at the workshop whilst earning.

"I’d like to be a mechanic so the training that I am undertaking during my apprenticeship will help me get there.

"I am grateful to Winteton 2022 and Ongo for their support and helping provide this apprenticeship."

So far, Winterton 2022 has invested more than £60,000 in the scheme, which first launched in 2015 and currently has five apprentices in post in the North Lincolnshire town.

Lewis Gillett, pictured at work on his apprenticeship at Richtoy in Winterton

Dean Cockerill, Winterton 2022 chairman said: "We are keen to support employment in Winterton, particularly to help young people get a foot on the career ladder.

"Our apprenticeship scheme has been instrumental in increasing the amount of apprenticeships available to young people in Winterton.

"It is very rewarding to see many of our apprentices go on to gain employment at the end of their training, very often with the businesses they have carried out their apprenticeship with.

"Since 2015, we have supported the employment of 17 apprentices in a range of vocations from administration to mechanics, with many going on to secure employment as a result of their apprenticeship.

"We are always keen to work with new businesses to create further apprenticeships in the town, and would encourage anyone interested to get in touch."

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Winterton 2022 is one of 150 Big Local areas to have received £1 million in National Lottery funding to invest in making their area an even greater place to live.

The funds are spent by a steering group of Winterton residents and projects so far have included the Winterton Sculpture Trail, a partnership with Hull and East Yorkshire Credit Union to promote fair and affordable savings and borrowing in the town, as well as a community investment scheme which awards grants to community groups in Winterton.

For more information about the Winterton 2022 apprenticeship scheme, see www.winterton2022.org.uk/apprenticeships


Ongo Recruitment and apprenticeships

Ongo Recruitment has supported a total of 150 apprentices into various roles in organisations across North Lincolnshire, including digital marketing, electrical installation and car mechanics.  Thirteen apprentices have been supported over the last 12 months.

The organisation says it has had some great outcomes which have seen the apprenticeses successfully gaining full time work with their apprenticeship provider or progressing to the next level of training.

Richard Green, recruitment manager at Ongo Recruitment, said: "Not only is an apprenticeship a great way for individuals to start their career, but they can also benefit businesses too.

"Taking someone on at the start of their career can be a great way to recruit someone interested in your line of business, and help to shape them into a brilliant employee that may even help to fill any skills gaps you have.

"If you decide to take an apprentice through Ongo Recruitment, we will do all the hard work for you. We can advertise and fill the vacancy, carry out all payroll and HR duties and organise all the training your apprentice needs, along with supporting you on any grant funding your business may be eligible for."

Employers interested in finding out more about how an apprentice could benefit their business, or would like more information on how the process works, can call Ongo Recruitment on 01724 844848 or email recruitment@ongo.co.uk



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