A new role to help nurture and grow apprenticeships in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire
I’m really pleased to announce that I have agreed to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire Ambassador Network.
This network has recently been set up to help spread the word about the value that apprentices can bring to organisations.
There’s a lot of research to suggest that one of the best ways to get new employers involved with apprenticeship schemes is for peer groups to spread the word. The avowed aims of the network are to:
- Champion apprenticeships to employers of all sizes, with the aim of increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities offered across Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, particularly in sectors where there is poor penetration of apprenticeships
- Advise and help employers in improving apprenticeship recruitment and outcomes
- Provide feedback to the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) on issues which affect the quality and effectiveness of apprenticeships in the local area and how these can be resolved
You’ve probably read enough of our blogs and news items here to know how much we, as a company, recognise the benefits of apprenticeships. This is why I am so delighted to be joining this group. The more skilled people we have in different sectors, the easier it will be to recruit and attract new people – a real ‘win-win’ for the landscape industry.
The main purpose of the new network is to engage a team of business leaders to become advocates for apprenticeships in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. As an Ambassador, I will be in an ideal position to talk about issues employers face, especially during what are challenging times for business.
A key part of my role will be to help business communities in these counties, helping raise awareness and spreading the word about the contribution that apprentices can make to the future economic recovery.
The next time we meet, I will be signing the new terms of reference and we will focus the discussion on 16-18 year-olds, trying to understand as employers how we can influence and inspire young people into wanting to become apprentices.
I’m genuinely excited to have taken on this role. There aren’t too many perks in my job, but these opportunities to invest in our youth are definitely one!
Till next time,