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Merthyr Tydfil Apprenticeship Initiative Aims at Tackling Unemployment

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Merthyr Tydfil manufacturing and engineering companies are being invited to take part in a groundbreaking new initiative aimed at both tackling unemployment and developing business growth.

The ASPIRE Shared Apprenticeship Programme is a partnership project which will see apprentices be employed by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, trained by Merthyr Tydfil College and placed with a host firm for the duration of the two to three-year apprenticeships.

Other partners in the Welsh Government-funded scheme are Tydfil Training, Pembrokeshire College and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council – where the scheme is already running successfully.

“The project is set to enhance skills development within the manufacturing and engineering companies to develop business growth,” said Merthyr Tydfil Aspire Progamme Coordinator Jared Green.

“At the same time, it’ll be tackling unemployment and providing aspirational opportunities for young people across the county borough.  With apprenticeships being a flagship Welsh Government policy, this will be a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved.”

Applicants have to be aged between 16 and 24 years; possess five GCSEs grades A-C including STEM subjects and an A level pass in STEM subjects – especially maths and science; and either be starting VRQ, have completed Enhanced Engineering Programme or Pathways to Apprenticeships, or completed VRQ at college.

A learning pathway will be agreed by the host company and the apprentice with Merthyr Tydfil College.  Apprentices will rotate employers to fill any skills gaps and be paid above minimum apprenticeship wage.

  • If you run a Merthyr Tydfil manufacturing and/or engineering company and would like to learn more about the programme, please contact Jared Green on 01685 724919/5309, email [email protected]