The Apprenticeship Support team by Be-More can now be found back in job centres as the COVID pandemic subsides.

During the pandemic Apprenticeship Support by Be More delivered virtual presentations to job seekers over Zoom. Now the pandemic has subsided the team is returning to Job Centre Plus (JCP) centres across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). The team are now providing support to help people learn more about apprenticeships and how to go about getting one.

“Pre-COVID we were visiting many JCP centres delivering presentations about apprenticeships. This included what’s involved, the qualifications you can get, what types of apprenticeships there are and importantly, how to find them and apply. During COVID this would not have been safe, so we used Zoom to reach people. While that was successful, there is nothing like being in a room with someone and providing them with the tailored impartial advice and support they need,” says Jake Croxton, Apprenticeship Support Hub Skills Broker. “We know that many 18 to 21 year old people, registered with Universal Credit and seeking employment may not have heard about apprenticeships. So our programme to visit as many JCPs as possible is underway and we are inviting any JCPs we are not visiting currently to get in touch, so we can include them.”

The apprenticeship support team have a range of presentations that help people understand what apprenticeships are and the potential to kick start their career. The team are also available to present current apprenticeship opportunities and answer questions about what being an apprentice involves. The impartial advice is also backed with real experiences from apprentices and their employers through the LCR Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. Apprentices share their experiences and how they applied successfully together with how their career has progressed. Employers reveal the benefits they get from apprentices and the qualities they are looking for in a new apprentice they might take on.

“Competition for apprenticeships can be tough and it’s good to get advice on how to apply as companies are looking for great talent and someone to employ as well as train. We can provide a number of top tips that improve your chances of finding and getting the apprenticeship you are looking for. That includes researching the apprenticeship you want and the company offering it,” comments Jake.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships and how to apply for them, talk to the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team. The team is funded by the European Social Fund & LCR Strategic Investment Fund and provides impartial information and advice on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.