Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City FC are the latest high-profile employers to back the Apprentice Revolution campaign.
The Blues are behind Manchester City Council’s drive to promote apprenticeships to young people and employers across the city - and have expanded their own apprenticeship scheme by taking on three new recruits to work for their City in the Community Foundation (CITC).
The new apprentices, aged from 17 – 25, work on a range of community programmes, from health and education projects to disability sports, multi-sports and anti-social behaviour initiatives.
CITC currently engages with around 230,000 young people per year and plans are in place to expand its reach by introducing extra community programmes - which will in turn allow City to take on more young people as apprentices.
Head of CITC Delivery Mike Green is leading the expansion of the scheme, as part of the club’s strategic aim to support the regeneration of East Manchester.
He said: "Community is at the heart of Manchester City."
"The Club is delighted to contribute further to the sustainable development of this region by offering local people life-long learning and employment opportunities.
"Working in partnership with Manchester City Council, we look forward to seeing the long term positive effects on the communities around us."
Over 200 different types of apprenticeships are available across many different industries and business types. Recruitment is typically based upon an individual’s competency for a role, rather than their academic record.
“We welcome Manchester City’s support for what is one of our most important campaigns," said Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
"Apprenticeships have changed and are now available in an incredibly wide range of sectors.
"City’s scheme is a great example of the exciting new breed of roles that are now available for young people in Manchester."
For more information about opportunities to get hands-on experience, training and the chance to earn while you learn, visit www.manchester.gov.uk/apprenticeships.
For more information about Manchester City’s apprenticeship scheme, visit http://www.mcfc.co.uk/the-club/city-in-the-community.