City & Guilds Group invests in UK's leading apprenticeship matching service, GetMyFirstJob

The UK’s leading apprenticeship matching service, GetMyFirstJob, has today announced £1 million in new investment from the City & Guilds Group  and Nesta Impact Investments following a successful funding round.

The announcement comes as new research from GetMyFirstJob reveals the vast majority of young people (98 percent) believe that more can be done at school and college level to help students find an apprenticeship. Of those surveyed, only 34 percent felt that their school or college provided sufficient information about apprenticeships and their benefits.

Launched in 2012, GetMyFirstJob is an innovative web platform that matches young people to the right apprenticeship based on their skillset and needs. With over 250,000 candidates registered since inception, GetMyFirstJob processes over 30,000 applications each month and works with over 150 colleges, employers and providers nationwide.

The new investment follows a period of rapid growth for GetMyFirstJob since a previous funding round in January 2015, during which time the business has grown by over 500%.

John Yates, New Ventures Director at the City & Guilds Group said:

'Our New Venture Fund invests in businesses and initiatives that help people get into a job, develop on the job, and progress into the next job. Apprenticeships are a really important way of helping people into work, so we’re delighted to be investing in GetMyFirstJob. Its innovative technology has helped thousands of young people and employers to find the right apprenticeship programme for them and their business. And, thanks to the team’s focus on great customer service, they’ve seen huge success so far. We look forward to working with GetMyFirstJob to support even more growth in the future.'