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Help to hire apprentices in Wales

A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople in Wales learn more about how easy it is to hire an apprentice.

The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, visited the Screwfix store in Newport, Gwent on 12 October to launch the guide. The free booklet, developed in conjunction with the Welsh Government, is available in Screwfix stores across Wales and is entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’.

The guide was put together in response to Screwfix research revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus more information about how to take on apprentices. It is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. 

As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Graham Smith, Marketing Director of Screwfix, comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support tradespeople in growing their businesses. We know how busy our customers are and from their feedback, we also know that they struggle to recruit skilled tradesmen and women. It was very clear that something needed to be done to help, which is why we have developed this guide and we’re excited to launch it in Wales.” 

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, said: “Developing skilled tradespeople is vital for our economy. Apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects, as well as having a positive impact on the industry. Apprentices bring value to both employers and the economy. With more and more employers across Wales recognising the value of successful apprenticeship programs, it’s a really great time to launch the guide to help tradespeople understand just how simple it can be to hire an apprentice."

Screwfix have previously published guides for hiring apprentices in England and Scotland, reflecting the different legislation in each country.

Download the guides here.

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