EMPLOYERS who are able to give York students a taste of life as an apprentice are being urged to lend support.

City of York Council is looking for local businesses to take part in its next Year 11 apprenticeship taster day on January 13, 2022.

The event will enable local school students to try out roles and make connections with local businesses, helping them make better, informed decisions about their future.

Each January, Year 11 students in York are given two days to experience their next steps in education or training,including sixth form, college or an apprenticeship.

In 2019, the council piloted the first ever city-wide apprenticeship option which was taken up by 80 students across 12 organisations, including Aviva, Garbutt & Elliott, Network Rail, York council, Little Green Rascals and Nestlé.

Employers of all sizes and from any sector are being invited to offer a full or half-day taster session, to include an overview of the sector or organisation and a practical activity.

Employers can choose how many students to accept - usually between two and 12.

The York Apprenticeship Hub will manage the administrative process and can help to put together an itinerary and offer suggestions on how best to structure the day and keep their arrangements Covid safe.

A council spokesman said: "Hiring an apprentice can bring great benefits to a business of any size, giving them access to enthusiastic and motivated young learners who will develop a strong relevant skillset and understanding of their chosen industry. Apprentices can learn on the job and help employers to greatly upskill their workforce."

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for economy and strategic planning said: “It is important that young people continue to get opportunities to understand the choices available to them, and for local businesses to showcase their sector to bring in young talent to help with recruitment.”

For more details email york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk. Details on apprenticeships can be found at www.york.gov.uk/HiringAnApprentice