New and Exciting Apprenticeship Recruitment Service for 2018

In January 2018, Greater Manchester Chamber’s Apprentice Share service will offer a new and exciting recruitment service for your Apprenticeship needs.

Apprentice Share works with companies in the construction sector to recruit apprentices into short term contracts, this helps to sustain Apprenticeships in the sector by ensuring there is a smooth Apprenticeship journey in place. By working with several contractors across Greater Manchester on projects of all types, Apprentice Share is able to offer the apprentice maximum exposure to the sector, giving them real life work experience. Apprentice Share directly employs the apprentice and takes on all the responsibilities of wages, tax, National Insurance and the Apprenticeship Levy.

Since the service went live in 2012, Apprentice Share has helped place over 2000 apprentices across Greater Manchester by partnering and working collaboratively with over 50 developers and contractors. In 2018, the Chamber will continue to grow and develop this service with new opportunities and innovations for the construction sector.

The newly refreshed service will incorporate the Chamber’s Social Value award, which will give organisations the opportunity to show evidence of their commitment to fair opportunities for all in their procurement exercises.

Joy Sewart, Head of Skills Development at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: "Our newly refreshed Apprentice Share programme helps employers offer people high quality Apprenticeships and learn new skills.

“The Chamber's role in this is to help businesses find the best apprentices for their organisation and support them in the process. We look forward to working with employers in 2018 to help upskill their workforce to be the best it can be."

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “Apprentice Share is one of the most important services we provide. It’s a brilliant model for the construction sector because it reflects how the sector works. The experience for the apprentice is so much better because they get the chance to work in several different environments and get a wider variety of skills and experience but still have one employer. The new Apprentice Levy has created real uncertainty in the market place and it’s added value schemes like this that will bring back confidence to employers and prospective employees in the value of Apprenticeships.”

The impact this service has in relation to Apprenticeship sustainability and career opportunity is valuable to both contractor and apprentice.

Commenting on the apprentice placed with him, Simon Atkinson, Construction Manager at Willmott Dixon, said: “Jack excelled in every task I gave him and over time became more vocal and confident in his ability, always asking for new challenges. I would gladly work with Jack again on any project.”

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce. Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking. The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations. The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.