North-East businesses are in need of more apprentices

Renee Laming works with businesses to create apprenticeship-based provision at South Tyneside College.
Renee Laming works with businesses to create apprenticeship-based provision at South Tyneside College.

Demand for apprentices from the region’s employers is outstripping supply for the first time, says a South Tyneside vocational training expert.

Renee Laming, who works with the region’s businesses to create apprenticeship-based provision at South Tyneside College, says there are too few youngsters to meet a sudden surge in interest from companies.

Parents and pupils need to know that there are a great range of vocational opportunities out there at college’s such as this which can lead to interesting and very well paid careers.

Renee Laming

It stems from more businesses recognising the benefits of employing an apprentice since the government announced in May its plans to create an additional three million apprenticeships by 2020.

Ms Laming said the shortfall was also due to school-leavers staying on in sixth-form education and choosing an academic rather than vocational path.

Although South Tyneside College has maintained its strong volume of apprentices, it is now appealing to young people to apply for its training programmes to lessen the regional shortfall.

Ms Laming, the college’s work based learning manager, said: “This is the first time that we have more employers approaching us than we have young people signed up.

“I have spoken to many employers across the region who say they are struggling to get the number of apprentices they would like.”

She added: “Parents and pupils need to know that there are a great range of vocational opportunities out there at college’s such as this which can lead to interesting and very well paid careers.”

More information on the college’s apprenticeships and traineeships is available by sending a CV to er@stc.ac.uk, by visiting www.stc.ac.uk, or by calling 0191 427 3500.