The North East and Yorkshire and The Humber are Greater together

- Over 1,250 new apprenticeships offered across the region from 650 local employers

The National Apprenticeship Services’ Greater Together campaign which aimed to encourage as many employers as possible to commit to an apprenticeship has secured fantastic figures.

In less than two months the campaign, which ran between the 2 February and 27 March 2015, has boosted employment by supporting over 1,250 new apprenticeship opportunities from over 650 employers.

Supported by the North East Chamber of Commerce and 36 other training organisations, the overall ethos of the campaign was that by working together a much greater impact can be achieved and this milestone supports that.

Nick Wilson, Deputy Director - Employer and Delivery Services for the National Apprenticeship Service in the North East and Yorkshire, says: “It was a big task but together we were able to help our region’s employers see the benefits apprenticeships deliver and made it easy for them to get on board.

“I would like to personally thank all the employers and training organisations that have got behind our campaign this year. Apprenticeships are proven to boost employer loyalty, personal careers and create opportunities for both employers and apprentices. I would encourage employers, whatever their size or sector, to find out how taking on an apprentice or trainee can deliver for them.”

As this campaign shows a growing number of companies are offering apprenticeships, with 96 per cent of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices. If any employers are interested in taking on an apprentices please visit

The National Apprenticeship Awards are now open for entries. For details on how to enter, please search National Apprenticeship Awards on The closing date for entries is 22 May 2015.