Helping young people in Apprentice Week

Peter Nicholls and Cllr Blake Pain
Peter Nicholls and Cllr Blake Pain

Harborough District Council is asking businesses in the district what they are doing to help young people during Apprenticeship Week 2016.

The national event began on March 14 and ends tomorrow (March 18).

Last year, the district
 council took on two apprentices - Peter Nicholls, 19,and Ryan Finnegan, 18, - and is encouraging other businesses and organisations to do the same.

The pair, who are taking their first tentative steps into the world of work, say the experience has been “incredible”.

Ryan, who works in the communications and business support teams at the district council, is an ‘apprentice ambassador’ and has been blogging about his experience.

He wrote: “Since starting my apprenticeship I’ve learnt to manage my time more effectively and have grown so much more confident in talking to new people.

“It really has been an incredible experience and that’s only a few months in! By the end of the apprenticeship I will have developed and grown as a person even more.”

Harborough District Council is making grants of up to £750 available to help local businesses take on apprentices. Follow @Apprenticeships on Twitter to find out about vacancies or follow hashtag #NAW2016.