Firms urged to hire apprentices
THANET businesses are being urged to follow in the footsteps of Lord Sugar and hire an apprentice.
Despite a small dip in unemployment in Thanet last month, long-term youth unemployment rose again with 585 under-25s out of work for more than six months.
To combat the issue, Jobcentre Plus has relaunched its work trial scheme and is keen to hear from businesses who can offer young jobseekers a chance to shine.
The voluntary programme means candidates can sample a career and have a potential job at the end of their training.
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In return, the employer helps youngsters develop the skills and experience required to get a foot on the career ladder.
G Casino at Westwood Cross took on a dozen dealers to learn the tricks of the tables.
This week it welcomed five more trainees to take a hospitality course.
The casino employs 85 people and has previously recruited experienced staff from overseas as the cost of paying and training home-grown recruits was prohibitive.
Casino manager Peter Donnelly is a champion of the scheme and believes it is a great way to tackle youth unemployment.
He said: "In the past, we've done a lot of our recruitment on the continent as paying a trainee that often drops out is awfully wasteful for businesses.
"With work trials, we show a commitment by offering training and they get to see if the job is for them with the guarantee of a job if they fit the bill.
"Forget any preconceptions you may have about jobseekers, the group we've taken on have been immaculate.
"They are all keen, reliable and well turned out. I'd have no issue with offering many of them a job at the end of the training."
Meanwhile, Laura Sandys MP is calling on Thanet teenagers to take part in this summer's National Citizen Service.
This programme is designed to offer 16-year-olds a chance to develop skills to enhance their CV and ease the transition from education to employment.
Laura said: "I am keen that as many young people from Thanet as possible take part in this year's National Citizen Service.
"The programme is offering local teenagers a fortnight away from home where they take part in a packed schedule of adventure and personal development activities.
"This is followed by several weeks when they can develop projects to benefit their local area.
"I hope that lots of those in Year 11 will take up this fantastic opportunity to have real fun and enhance their CV while making a difference to their communities."
There are 30,000 places available nationally on the scheme.
For more information, visit nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk