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Social Media apprenticeships proving a tremendous success

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by Sarah Hanson for North of England Training.

Imagine a job for a 16-18 year old where they get paid for running the social media for an organisation and get day release once a month to gain a qualification? That’s exactly what North of England Training is offering with its Social Media Apprenticeship.


There are already several local businesses ranging from photographers to schools to event management companies who are keen to recruit an apprentice to develop the social media strategy for their company.


One particular Preston based IT business, NetDec is thrilled to be on board. Craig Townley, Managing Director commented,

“We’ve seen how powerful social media is when it is utilised properly. We’ve been trying to manage it ourselves but just haven’t had the resources, so when we discovered this fantastic opportunity from North of England Training we jumped at the chance. We’ve been incredibly impressed with how easily they’ve managed the whole process of establishing exactly what we require and then helping us identify a suitable candidate. We can’t wait for our new apprentice to start in July, and genuinely believe they will make a significant impact on our business success.”


The team at North of England Training has also been collaborating with local schools and colleges to source appropriate candidates who are keen to develop a career in social media. The apprenticeship will provide them with a Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business.
Sarah Hanson, Business Development Manager at North of England Training said,

“ We’ve had a fantastic response to this opportunity from both employers and young candidates. It’s a great way for someone who is interested in this particular area of expertise to gain some practical business experience whilst gaining a valuable qualification. We also believe social media adds real value to a company by raising its profile through a proven marketing channel.”


To complement the hands on experience that each apprentice will receive through their employer, social media experts Lucky 6 Marketing will deliver the classroom element each month. Having provided social media services to many local companies in the region, they understand exactly what businesses require through this highly effective marketing platform.


There are only a handful of apprenticeship places left for this year’s intake of social media apprentices, so if you’re interested please contact Sarah Hanson as soon as possible on 01257 208830.


About North of England Training
Established in 2008, North of England Training is a work-based training and apprenticeship provider based in Chorley, supporting workforces across the North of England.