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Staffordshire joins National Apprenticeship Week celebrations

Apprentices can help boost productivity according to small businesses Staffordshire joins National Apprenticeship Week celebrations
Nellie Chapman | 07 March, 2018, 21:22

Ivan Shearer HR Director, at Leyland Trucks, said the company is now recruiting its 2018 apprentice intake: "The apprenticeship programme has always been an important element of Leyland's employment and retention strategy".

Andy Tupman, emerging talent manager at the society, said: "We're committed to providing great career pathways for our apprentices and fostering an inclusive culture for them to thrive".

Previous research from Alexander Mann Solutions found that more than two thirds (71 per cent) of senior HR leaders believe the Apprenticeship Levy will ultimately create a new route into the workplace to supplement or rival graduate intake.

The 18-year-old from Lochore applied for the job with the engineering firm after undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship while still at school.

He said: "I had no work experience and needed to learn about the world of work".

She said: "I am really enjoying college, especially the practical side of things". Every day is different and varied which means I'm learning a lot.

Time and time again, employers report back to me the positive impact apprentices have on their business. CMI calls on businesses and the Government to work more closely to make apprenticeships more easily available for all at a time when the United Kingdom needs to prepare for a post-Brexit future.

Meanwhile Rachel Connell, an office administrator at marketing agency Volpa, has her apprenticeship to thank for leading to a job she loves.

"For me, the experience I am gaining and the opportunities I am being given would, most likely, have passed me by if I was sitting in a university lecture room", she says.

Pictured is the lovely National Exhibition Center (NEC) at Marston Green in Birmingham, England, where the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) takes place from March 5-9, 2018. "I'm sure my apprenticeship and experience will be a great grounding for my career in working with children and families in the future".

"Having the chance to work in a real business environment and watch others is something I couldn't learn whilst doing a full-time course".

Professionals' reluctance to be seen as an apprentice could be putting businesses at a significant disadvantage.

The scheme also focuses on the development of life skills by encouraging apprentices to get involved with local community projects and charity initiatives.

More than 3,500 new apprenticeship opportunities this year will help boost Scotland's economy and give young people a head-start in their careers.

During National Apprenticeship Week the training providers including Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Essex, Intraining and Lifetime Training will attend Mid Essex, Southend and Basildon Hospitals to showcase the options they offer for apprenticeship learning and development.