Apprenticeship scheme launched to tackle Merton’s youth unemployment


Take One programme

Take One programme

Merton Chamber of Commerce has launched a new scheme, the Take One programme, to encourage businesses to hire apprentices to combat youth unemployment in the area. Over 60 guests attended the launch at the Wimbledon Park Golf Club on Wednesday 22nd May.

At the event businesses met with people from the National Apprenticeship Service and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to hear about the benefits of hiring apprentices.

Business engagement manager at Merton Chamber of Commerce, Ray Kinsella, said: “We are setting up locally to help businesses go through the process of finding and employing apprentices. We’ll put you in touch with those who can help you and simplify the system, which can look quite daunting.”

John Robson, managing director of Mitcham-based live events company Aztec, has hired five apprentices since 2011. He said: “We’ve been able to give two of our apprentices full-time positions and they are loyal, responsible and really good. Although we also did it for philanthropic reasons, the main motivation we had for hiring apprentices was the government incentives.”