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Celebrating apprenticeships in Harlow

Communities / Wed 26th Feb 2014 at 11:29am

IT is National Apprenticeship Week from Monday 3rd March to Friday 7th March and is an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Since 2009 the Essex County Council-managed Essex Apprenticeship programme has supported 1,421 employers to recruit 2,665 young people into an apprenticeship.

The programme provides funding to businesses as an incentive to employ an apprentice aged 16-24 in a variety of high growth sectors.

Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “We are committed to helping young people in Essex achieve their full potential through learning as well as supporting employers to generate wealth, jobs and opportunity.

“National Apprenticeship Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the success of those young people currently in apprenticeships and those that have gone on to secure full time employment. We also want to show what a beneficial route being an apprentice is.”

The young people supported have had the opportunity to learn and work in sectors such as Creative and Digital, Energy, Engineering, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Social Care.

Daniel Laws, who completed an apprenticeship in Business Admin and is now employed by Essex County Council, said: “By choosing the path of an apprenticeship, it has provided me with more than just the full time job I currently have.”

“It has provided me with confidence and the skills to start my career and helped me develop the skills which have helped me secure full time employment and will help in the future. The apprenticeship scheme has provided me with office work experience whilst building my CV through the qualification and additional training they provide. I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship path to anyone.”

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