Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week which starts on 8 February, Nottingham Jobs is proud to announce a wide range of support services for apprentices and job seekers. Nottingham Jobs is an established and trusted service, run by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Futures Group and Department for Work and Pensions. Whatever your employment needs, Nottingham Jobs can provide access to employment and skills support for people of all ages who live in the city. 

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual event and this year’s campaign from Nottingham Jobs will focus on the opportunities available locally. 

The messages from the team, many of whom are working from home but have kept links with job seekers and local employment specialists, is that there is a wealth of support available. Even considering the challenges which unemployed and young people face due to COVID-19, employers are still recruiting, there are jobs available in Nottingham and apprenticeships are for people of all ages, so if you are looking for opportunities to earn and learn, why not see what is on offer? 

What can Nottingham Jobs offer me? 

Nottingham Jobs is a service for people of all ages and offers one-one support through their knowledgeable, friendly, and well-connected advisers, with a particular focus on supporting people who may find it harder to find work, including people from ethnic minority communities, lone parents, people with a disability or health condition and those without qualifications in maths and English. 

Nottingham Jobs is also an intermediary on the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality six-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. This means that the team will support your business to take on new, young employees and enhance the skills of your workforce. 

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. 

In addition to support for job seekers and would-be apprentices, the D2N2 Skills Access Hub works with Nottingham Jobs to support local businesses which want to take on apprentices or create apprenticeship opportunities for existing staff. The Hub offers businesses access to impartial, one-to-one advice about how to bring new skills into the business which will increase their productivity, resilience and competitiveness as well as securing training for their workforce at a time when it is most needed. 

Skills Access Hub partners offer businesses a wide range of training courses, covering most sectors and which can be tailored to meet individual business needs. 

Portfolio Holder for Employment, Councillor Neghat Khan says “We know that the pandemic has negatively affected the jobs market and the lives of Nottingham residents, but it is important that we get the message out that there are many ways to find work and training locally, through services like Nottingham Jobs. 

“Covid-19 has forced us all to think and work differently but it has also brought opportunities. We all have transferable skills, and we know there are jobs available if we are open to working in new ways. Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages and provide real opportunities to retrain, identify new career routes and to earn whilst they are doing so.”    

For more information, contact Nottingham Jobs on 0115 876 4508 or visit www.nottinghamjobs.com