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Putting apprenticeships in the frame

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l-t-r Rachel Coombes (County Training), Nicky Vaughan (TrixiPIX)

l-t-r Rachel Coombes (County Training), Nicky Vaughan (TrixiPIX)

A Shropshire training provider is working in partnership with a local photo booth company as part of a unique campaign to raise awareness of apprenticeships across the county.

County Training, which is part of Shropshire Council, has teamed up with TrixiPIX photo booth hire, and is inviting people to get on board with apprenticeships and have their picture taken with a range of props and messages, to increase perceptions of the training programme locally.

The photo booth will be at The Real Apprentice event on Thursday 26 February 2015, which is taking place at Shrewsbury Town FC’s Meadow stadium between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.  County Training will have an information stand at the event, and is encouraging anyone who would like to get involved and have some fun, to come along and get snapped with their friends or family holding positive messages about apprenticeships, or wearing some vocationally-themed props.

The images will be used as part of County Training’s National Apprenticeship Week Campaign to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy here in Shropshire.

During the week, which runs from Monday 9 March 2015 to Friday 13 March 2015, County Training will be posting images online to showcase the service it offers to both young people who are seeking apprenticeship opportunities and employers which may be considering recruiting an apprentice.

TrixiPIX has been growing its success following the increasing popularity in photo booth hire for wedding and events.  The business, which was established in 2009, has gone from strength to strength.

Nicky Vaughan, Company Director, TrixiPIX, commented:

“It is really exciting to be working with County Training, and we are very supportive of taking part in something which is going to make a difference to young people and their future career options in Shropshire.”

County Training is currently offering anyone who is leaving school or college this year, one-to-one support in finding an apprenticeship placement with an employer, and is encouraging anyone considering this option to submit an application as soon as possible.

Kevin Humphreys, business development and performance manager for County Training, said:

“The sooner we receive applications, the more time we will have to source apprenticeship opportunities with businesses and set them up ready for when Year 11s and college leavers finish in the summer.  We have already met some brilliant candidates ready for that all- important first step on the career ladder, and I would urge any employers considering apprenticeships to come forward now.”

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

“The photo booth is a fun way for everyone to engage with apprenticeships and find out more about this growing post-16 option.  I would encourage people to get involved and back this drive to increase apprenticeship opportunities for young people living in our county.”

County Training offers apprenticeships in the following areas: business and administration, brewing, childcare, computer-aided design, customer service, hair and beauty, health and social care, horse management, hospitality and catering, IT, motor vehicles, management, teaching assistants, and warehouse and storage.  To apply, and for further information, visit shropshire.gov.uk/county-training or call 0345 678 9023.