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Bridging the skills gap by getting more young people into apprenticeships is vital to the Humber fulfilling its economic potential. Working towards this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) has made three new appointments to support small and medium enterprises which employ, or are seeking to employ, apprentices.

Manager of the newly launched Humber Apprentice Support Service, Gill Stevenson  brings a wealth of experience from JobCentrePlus. Gill is supported  by Employment Liaison Officers Jenny Vincent and David Sullivan, who cover the North and South banks of the Humber respectively.

The new Humber Apprentice Support Service was introduced following the Government’s  revised approach to apprenticeships. The updated scheme gives employers more control over the design of apprenticeships and their assessment. The Humber LEP’s new support service aims to reduce barriers to employing apprentices by small and medium sized employers by helping them access information and providing support and guidance. The pilot scheme is being delivered through funding secured by the LEP in the Hull & Humber City Deal.

Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber LEP said:

“Work based training is at the heart of our economic revival, and the modern apprenticeships are a great opportunity for young people to be paid a wage, gain essential skills by working alongside skilled workers and at the same time continue their training. Being part of the work force, apprentices are a great boost to business as they develop the skills necessary to deliver tomorrow’s projects.

“The new team recruited to the Humber Apprentice Support Service have the experience and skills and knowledge to supporting employers, training providers and learners in our area to increase the number of apprenticeships places taken up.”

Representatives from the Humber Apprenticeship Support Service will be available to give Advice to prospective apprentices and employers at Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull on Friday 28 November between 10am and 3pm.

For more information about the Humber Apprentice Support Service contact