Apprentice Recruitment See Soaring Applicant Numbers

The apprenticeship recruitment process for a sought-after engineering trainee scheme in Yorkshire is proving to be a little more taxing than first thought, after 4,000 applicants put themselves forward for just 50 positions. 

The apprenticeship scheme at Ilkley-based building services firm N G Bailey has been inundated with applicants who are all seeking the benefits of the combined vocational and academic training that the jobs offer. 

The scheme has been running for more than 40 years, and has trained more than 5,000 skilled and loyal staff - one of whom, Stuart Linnington, is now the managing director of the company's maintenance arm. 

"My first job was as an apprentice and it gave me a strong grounding," he said. "I learned a lot - it offered a rare insight into the world of building maintenance."

The process of taking on the company's apprentices has evolved with the company, with prospective candidates directed to an online recruitment portal through which they can submit their credentials and reasons for wanting the position. This has the added advantage of ensuring that the candidates all have a certain level of computer literacy as well. 

Local councillor, David Green, said the scheme indicated the pragmatism of the workforce, who have come to value the practical skills and employability that an apprenticeship will give them.

Geoff Newman, chief executive of Recruitment Genius which handles apprenticeship recruitment campaigns believes apprenticeships are becoming more popular amongst employers.

“Increasingly talented and well educated youngsters are shying away from expensive university fees in favour or experience that counts. Already we are seeing a 25.7 per cent increase in the number of applications for our clients’ apprenticeship schemes meaning employers are spoilt for choice.”


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