08 March 2016
Islanders who want to join Trackers, Jersey’s highly successful apprenticeship programme, are invited to a drop-in and information session next week where they can meet the Trackers mentors and find out in detail what it means to be a Trackers apprentice.
The information event, which is at 5.00-6.30pm on Wednesday 16 March at the Education Department, is aimed at potential apprentices who would like to join this summer. Due to the popularity of the programme, places are limited this year but applications are invited from individuals aged 16+ and there is no upper age-limit.
The Trackers programme supports people advance in their chosen profession by providing funding for specially tailored training and qualifications and a mentor who works with them and their employer to ensure both the company and apprentice benefit.
There are currently 241 apprentices studying for qualifications up to Level 3 (A-levels and equivalent) in 17 different industry areas. As well as a new digital apprenticeship, Trackers supports apprentices in areas including health care, hospitality management, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plumbing, electrical trades, bricklaying, motor vehicle maintenance, welding and fabrication, catering and hairdressing.
Acting Programme Manager Stuart Penn said “The Trackers model is based on the apprentice, employer, training provider and mentor working together to achieve positive results for everyone, so this is a great chance to speak to mentors who can tell you first-hand what it’s like to work with Trackers.”
He added “We look for motivated individuals who are committed to working hard, both in their place of employment and at their academic studies, and the 98% retention rate is clear evidence of the quality of the programme and the dedication of everyone involved.”
Education Minister Deputy Rod Bryans said “Trackers is one of our success stories and the numbers speak for themselves. Not only does it give people the practical help and soft skills they need to move up in their careers, it also ensures our island has a better-skilled workforce that is well-equipped to serve our community.”