Bumper year for apprentice opportunities

Kieran Barnett's apprenticeship has taken him to a nursery in Kirton where he is seen working on fennel grown for seed. SG160915-118TW
Kieran Barnett's apprenticeship has taken him to a nursery in Kirton where he is seen working on fennel grown for seed. SG160915-118TW

Hankies may have been out over recent weekends for many parents in South Holland waving goodbye to their teenagers starting university, but it seems many young people could be around for a little longer.

The future is looking rosy for those seeking apprenticeships, with hundreds of opportunities in the area for them.

GetMyFirstJob, a website that matches young people to apprenticeships (currently placing 800 a month), saw a staggering 118 per cent increase in registrations on its site on A-level results day last month, compared to last year.

The Spalding Guardian did a search on the government apprenticeship vacancy matching service website on Tuesday and found 1,054 vacancies within a 10-mile radius of Spalding and 1,230 apprenticeship vacancies across the county.

Opportunities included a vacancy for an apprentice vehicle maintenance engineer with Gist Ltd, one for an apprentice business support clerk with Roythornes Ltd and hospitality and catering positions at Baytree Garden Centre.

In July, Elsoms Seeds, of Pinchbeck Road, came to the Spalding Guardian to promote vacancies for two horticultural trial apprentice assistants.

Angie Brabyn, apprenticeship co-ordinator, said one of these vacancies has now been filled by Kieran Barnett of Spalding.

Kieran (20) is also on day release to Holbeach Academy and is working towards a City and Guilds Level 2 workbase qualification in horticulture.

If successful after the 20-month apprenticeship, he will be offered a job.

His opportunity is one of six to be offered by the firm, including warehousing and seed treatment, administration and laboratory work, as well as horticulture.

Angie said: “This is the first time we have offered apprenticeships but we felt a need to introduce and train our own staff.

“When you think we have a staff of 100 that’s a massive investment in the area.”