Young Wearsiders can find out more about how to get into the world of work by popping down to The Bridges this weekend.
The Big Apprentice Pledge was launched yesterday at the city shopping centre.
Apprentices are so important for employers, who can create their own workforce and train staff in the way that they want to.Chris Hall, of Monumental Training
Organised by Sunderland-based Monumental Training, the aim of the event is to encourage more businesses in the area to offer apprenticeships to school leavers.
Monumental Training’s Chris Hall said: “We are looking to engage with as many businesses within Sunderland, to pledge an apprentice as part of the campaign and make apprentices reign again.
“This will not only help 16 to 24-year-olds into employment, but allowing people a choice if they have decided that university or college is not for them.
“Apprentices are so important for employers, who can create their own workforce and train staff in the way that they want to.
“It will also help increase businesses productivity and turnover, as apprentices have proven via Government statistics that apprentices are the future.”
A catwalk show was held by Monumental’s fashion and textiles apprentices at The Bridges, with items donated from Select, New Look, Van Mildert and River Island.
Bands who have been honing their skills at The Bunker studios have also been playing in front of the public.
Mr Hall added that the issue of increasing the number of apprenticeships needs to be addressed in the coming years.
“This is all about the future,” he said. “There is a serious lack of skills in the North East at the minute and more apprenticeships will help to reduce this.
“Being an apprentice, you can earn while you learn and also learn valuable work skills at the same time.”
Those who want to learn more about fashion and textiles, ICT and creative and digital media apprenticeships through Monumental Training, are invited to visit The Bridges today or tomorrow and take part in workshops, which are being put on by the company during both days.