National Apprenticeship Week 3-7th March 2014
We have been busy throughout the business this week engaging with National Apprenticeship Week organised by the National apprenticeship Service (NAS). This year the week has three main objectives
- Increase awareness, understanding and demand for Apprenticeships
- Celebrate Apprenticeship talent, skills, achievements and successes
- Promote all Apprenticeship levels and progression routes, including Traineeships
And the one overarching theme is “Great Apprenticeships”
- highlighting to employers that “Great Businesses” are made by apprentices
- highlighting to consumers (primarily young people and their parents) that Apprenticeships lead to “Great Prospects.”
As a company we have seen the success that comes with having a good quality apprenticeship programme and last year being highly commended in the regional awards was a real highlight.
Last night in my official role as an Apprenticeship Ambassador for NAS I was joined by Jack Peters one of our Advanced Level apprentices at a business reception at Warner Bros. Studios. The event showcased Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Jack and myself were able to talk with other businesses who were considering apprenticeships; we talked firsthand about the positive impact that Apprenticeships have had on our business and Jack’s career. It was a privilege to be joined on the night by Matthew Hancock MP & Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise. His key theme on the night was that apprenticeships are a ‘Job with Training’ and not ‘training for a job’. He wants’ “the new norm” for young people to choose to go to university or begin an Apprenticeship. This really is a message that I want to spread. Apprenticeships now are a real paid alternative to university and Higher Apprenticeships enable employers, colleges and universities to deliver the advanced skills most critical for growth. At the end of the training you will be work ready as you are already employed and no student debt, well that can’t be a bad thing.
At John O’Conner’s we are now seeing the benefits, Jack is an example of growing our own new talent, he is helping us improve productivity and reduce our recruitment and training costs. It is a fact that almost every employer that takes on an apprentice reports a benefit to the business. I would like to thank all the businesses that I spoke with last night and thank them for taking the pledge during National Apprenticeship Week employ an apprentices in the future.
I think I can safely say the week has been a real success So far , 20,000 Apprenticeships have been pledged by employers during National Apprenticeship Week, wow
Until next time