The National Careers Service in the central east of England has been awarded £100,000 to support people into apprenticeships who may not have seen them as a viable employment option in the past. The National Careers Service will target funding focussing on gaps to existing provision and support available in the area.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help people make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. Locally Futures Advice, Skills and Employment deliver this service.

For some, apprenticeships have the reputation as being for young people leaving school and a narrow set of sectors offering them. With changes to apprenticeship funding this is no longer the case, and the National Careers Service aims to change this perception with people looking for work and employers.

Michelle Wright Operations Director for the National Careers Service said: ‘I couldn’t be happier that we have the opportunity to extend our service to support people’s understanding and awareness of apprenticeships. We’ll use our existing links locally to provide information to both people who could access apprenticeship training and businesses that could benefit from employing apprentices."

About the National Careers service: The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The Central Eastern region includes:

  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Milton Keynes
  • Northamptonshire
  • Luton and Bedfordshire

About Futures: Futures Advice, Skills and Employment is an Ofsted rated Outstanding social enterprise at the forefront of providing jobs and skills advice, training and apprenticeships to support young people and adults into work or training. Futures delivers the National careers Service contract in the East Midlands and central east of England. It has extensive expertise in high quality employability skills training, skilled brokerage and careers advice and guidance.

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