To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (4 to 8 March 2019) Kidderminster College have launched the ReWyre Apprenticeship pledge. The initiative is led by Neil Morris (Chairman of ReWyre and local business leader), Kidderminster College and Wyre Forest District Council.

The partnership scheme – The ‘ReWyre Apprenticeship Pledge’ encourages employers in the Wyre Forest District to increase the uptake of Apprenticeships, raise skill levels and tackle unemployment. The ‘ReWyre Apprenticeship Pledge’ will see employers pledging that at least 2.5% of their workforce will be invested into Apprenticeship opportunities. All businesses regardless of size, industry or location are welcome to sign the pledge.

Neil Morris, Chairman of ReWyre, said

‘I’m delighted to launch the ReWyre Apprenticeship Pledge and I encourage local businesses, of whatever size, to get involved. ReWyre takes an active role in the development of young people in the region, they are our future and we want them to succeed and prosper in Wyre Forest. As a director of OGL Computer, a major employer in the area, I have seen first-hand the benefits that apprentices can bring to a business.’

“This campaign will work in tandem with existing Apprenticeship initiatives available locally such as the Wyre Forest District Council Apprenticeship scheme, Worcestershire Training Providers Association, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.”

Beth Newton, Employer Engagement Manager, said

“Our aim is that the ‘ReWyre Apprenticeship Pledge’ will help drive Apprenticeships in the local community with the full buy-in from employers. This will not only raise employment and aspirations in the Wyre Forest, it will also improve business performance in the future.”

Councillor Chris Rogers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said

“The Council is completely supportive of the Apprenticeship pledge. ReWyre is the Council’s flagship regeneration initiative and we welcome this approach to creating a robust, forward thinking area for people to live and work.”

Marina Banner, Executive Director of Vestia Community Trust and Director of Corporate Services at The Community Housing Group, said

“We are fully supportive of this scheme and are proud to sign this pledge to support Apprenticeships in the area.  We currently offer Apprenticeships in Construction, Grounds Maintenance, Finance, IT, Administration and Human Resources. This year, alongside our normal programme we are investing in higher level Apprenticeships in Management bringing our total to 36 across the Group. This investment is growing a pool of talent within the business to help us meet the challenges for a modern business in a competitive environment.  If you haven’t signed up already we would definitely encourage you to do so’’.

Businesses wanting to support the pledge should contact Beth Newton, Employment Engagement Manager, at Kidderminster College or by telephoning 01562 826515.

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