Week to celebrate positive impact of apprenticeships

Calvin Hatter (centre) received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award (16-18 Age Group) SUS-150318-152549001
Calvin Hatter (centre) received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award (16-18 Age Group) SUS-150318-152549001
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Events have been taking place across the county this week to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

An information day took place at Priory Meadow shopping centre, Hastings, on Saturday March 12, for potential apprentices, parents and employers.

Sussex Coast College has been holding a number of events including a business breakfast, to talk about the potential of apprenticeships, an apprenticeship progression evening and an employer information session.

Employers across the county are backing the You’re Hired East Sussex apprenticeship campaign, which aims to help local businesses strengthen their workforce and create job and training opportunities for young people.

The initiatives are being supported by East Sussex County Council.

Sussex Coast College is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships in the South East and says it is fully committed to supporting the Government’s pledge to start three million new apprenticeships over the next five years.

According to Government statistics there were 871,800 apprenticeships started in the UK between August 2014 and July 2015. A total of 3,590 of these were based in East Sussex and Sussex Coast College Hastings provided almost 500 of these.

The college currently has approximately 450 apprentices studying a range of courses including Health and Social Care, Hospitality, and Business Administration.

Students are given the best possible pathways into employment thanks to the college’s strong links with over 1,500, regional and national employers.

Leia Skinner, who successfully completed a Business Administration apprenticeship with Bea-utiful Design & Print, has become an important asset to the business according to owner, Michael Tyrrell.

Michael was so impressed with Leia, that the company is supporting her while she studies a second qualification in Management Training. The company will then look to recruit with the aim for Leia to manage the new employees.

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The key theme is: “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

For information on events taking place this week visit www.new.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/ideas/apprenticeships.

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