The Armadillo Youth Venue and Café in Yate is offering a great opportunity for a young person to earn money and learn new skills at the same time through a new retail apprenticeship. The position is being sponsored by a £10,000 donation from Merlin, the second time the housing association has funded an apprenticeship at the Armadillo.
The Armadillo Apprentice project is now in its second year and continues to be a successful way for young people to kick start their career. Both Armadillo and Merlin believe it is important that young, enthusiastic and talented people are supported to enter the workplace and given the opportunity to thrive.
Merlin’s Community Investment Officer David Triggle-Wells said: “We’ve got close links with the Armadillo and the Yate community, so being able to support another apprenticeship is fantastic. This opportunity will make a real difference to someone looking for the first step in their career.
“As the largest social landlord in South Gloucestershire we have a responsibility to invest in the communities we serve. Offering apprenticeships directly, or in partnership, is just one way we can do this.”
Last December, for example, Business Administration Apprentice Sophie Webber helped organise the Armadillo Charity Christmas Fayre, which raised significant funds, brought in members of the public and was praised by stallholders.
Sophie said: “I applied for an Armadillo apprenticeship because it stood out to me as a great opportunity to challenge myself, gain real workplace skills and kick-start my career. I have learnt a wide range of skills and when I finish my apprenticeship I hope to progress into a career in business administration and develop my skills further.”
Armadillo Interim Business Manager, Eleanor Machin said: “At the Armadillo we understand that times are tough for young people in Yate and surrounding areas who are trying to get a foot in the door and launch their careers. These are people who often have good educational experience but do not have the necessary work experience to make them attractive to employers – our apprenticeships help remedy this situation.
“We are grateful to Merlin Housing Society, yet again, for being so supportive and agreeing to fund another apprenticeship. This will ensure we can offer another young person the opportunity to begin their career here at the Armadillo.”
With its internet café, DJ booth, band practice room and 60 seater cinema, the Armadillo Youth Venue and Café provides a contemporary, safe environment for young people aged between 11 and 19 to use and enjoy.
Click here for more details about the apprenticeship. The closing date for applications is Monday 2 June.