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National Apprenticeship Week

[07/02/2011 | No comment]

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This week is National Apprenticeship Week and I’m supporting the campaign by Leicester College and the Leicester Mercury’s to create 100 apprentices in 100 days.

Apprentices get highly valued qualifications and on the job training which can make a real difference in getting a job. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people starting out in their careers – they are also for adults and those returning to work.

Apprenticeships can also make a real difference to businesses. Apprenticeships help companies create the workforce they need, making them more productive and effective and giving them a ‘competitive edge’ which is vital in today’s tough economic climate.

This morning I was delighted to present one of my constituents, Simon Henfrey from Braunstone Frith with the Leicester City Council Apprentice of the Year at an awards ceremony in the city centre.

IMG_1214I also met young people at Leicester College who are doing apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Beauty and Floristry. Students from local schools who are interested in becoming an apprentice also came along for a ‘taster session’.

I think Apprenticeships should play an even bigger role in boosting skills and jobs in my constituency so if you’re interested – either in becoming an apprentice or in taking on an apprentice – please do use the contact details shown below.

How to get involved

Employers interested in taking on an apprentice should call 0116 224 2240. They can also go to one of the websites below.

Prospective apprentices should e-mail: info {at} leicestercollege.ac(.)uk

Alternatively, see one of the following websites:

www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/apprenticeships

www.leicestercollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

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