Doncaster Chamber is pleased to announce a new strategic collaboration with the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, an employer group which champions apprenticeships, raises awareness and increases engagement to meet the needs of employers, communities, and individuals across the country.
The partnership supports the Chamber’s ongoing commitment to support businesses to create jobs and improve the career prospects of young people in the borough. In 2019 they launched Opportunities Doncaster, a social enterprise that facilitates relationships between local businesses and schools to offer careers information, guidance and workplace experiences for young people in the area.
The new partnership will help raise awareness of apprenticeships and increase apprenticeship participation in Doncaster to strengthen the workforce and local economy.
Doncaster Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Hibbitt, said: “We are delighted to start working with the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. Expanding the apprenticeship programme in Doncaster will improve the employability of hundreds of young people and improve skill levels in our workforce as a whole, both of which are key parts of the Chamber’s strategic plans to support businesses create jobs and fuel economic growth.
“We know that Government is keen for apprenticeships and young people to play a central role in the Covid-19 economic recovery efforts. Through Opportunities Doncaster, the Chamber is uniquely positioned to support businesses on the ground, understand how apprentices can benefit their business, and promote business leaders to become Apprenticeship Ambassadors for Doncaster.”
Opportunities Doncaster is already undertaking work within schools, through their partnership with ASK Apprenticeships, to deliver programmes designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across Doncaster support to develop and transform how students and their families think about apprenticeships.
“Our partnership with the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network is a natural extension of the work that Opportunities Doncaster is already doing. Combined with the work we are undertaking with the Doncaster Opportunity Area and Doncaster Council, we’re delighted to be able to offer a wrap-around service that supports schools, young people and now businesses.”
Frank Clayton MBE, chair of the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with the Doncaster Chamber to create the Doncaster Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. This will not only support the businesses of Doncaster but also enable us to share good practice about Apprenticeships and the benefits they can bring to organisations”
Apprenticeship ambassadors are employers who have recruited apprentices as part of their workforce. The network use their experience, knowledge and commitment to apprenticeships to proactively promote and introduce other businesses to apprenticeships.
The network serves to not only to promote Apprenticeships but to share best practice, provide support and to mentor businesses that are keen to employ an apprentice or introduce Apprenticeships to their current workforce.
Working closely with the Doncaster Opportunity Area, Doncaster Chamber will be providing on the ground support to businesses looking to take on apprentices.
Further information for businesses who wish to get involved is on the Doncaster Chamber website: https://www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/apprenticeships