Joy at Doncaster apprentice scheme

Sophie Baker
Sophie Baker

More than 180 people were helped into apprenticeships in Doncaster last year, new figures have revealed.

Doncaster Council directly recruited 87 people into apprenticeships in 2013, while a further 41 positions were found through the council’s new apprenticeship hub, Skills Made Easy.

Another 58 apprentices were recruited by businesses supported by the council’s business Doncaster team.

Sophie Baker started as an apprentice in the council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) team within the Regeneration Team in 2009.

Since then, she has almost completed a degree in business and management and secured a position as a Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards deputy manager.

The 22 year-old said the council’s apprenticeship programme had been a great ‘stepping stone’.

She said: “The experience has been key to building my confidence and developing my skills.

“I would recommend the programme to others and am always keen to promote the opportunities available by joining the scheme.

“The apprenticeship programme has greatly assisted my development. I now have a thorough understanding around business administration as I received the relevant work experience firsthand.”

The authority also hopes to recruit a further 200 apprentices this year – and more than 700 by 2016.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, who pledged to create at least 750 apprenticeships prior to being elected, said creating more jobs and boosting skills for young people would make the town more prosperous.

She said: “I am delighted we are giving so many young people a chance.

“We have already helped create dozens of apprenticeships and we hope to continue this into 2014.”