Free apprenticeship support is available for over 1,200 people who face barriers that prevent them from securing employment, across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

The new ‘Absolute Apprenticeships’ programme significantly supports local people into the local job market. It focuses on increasing the number of individuals entering traineeships and apprenticeships at all levels as well as increasing employer participation.

Absolute Apprenticeships is available until March 2018 and is funded by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency. Connecting with people in the area to help address any skills gaps and provide tailored support to ensure they secure an apprenticeship or traineeship. The service will support under-represented groups of people at all ages above 16.

If you face barriers that prevent you from securing employment, the Absolute Apprenticeships team will help you with up-skilling, by providing impartial information, advice and guidance to understand what is required to ensure you can secure a traineeship or apprenticeship. They will work in consultation with the most appropriate training organisations from across the region to help place you with the best provider for your career choice.

Absolute Apprenticeships Manager, Heather Sheldon said:

“This programme is important to increase the awareness of apprenticeships and the number of young people in high-skilled apprenticeships across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Building on our experience of helping people up-skill, we know exactly what’s needed to give someone the support they need to qualify in their chosen field.”

If you are looking for a traineeship or apprenticeship, call one of the team on 0333 444 8802, visit Absolute Apprenticeships or email