Cheeky Munkey’s Graham Lane Attends National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Cheeky Munkey Director & Owner, Graham Lane attended an event on 6th March organised by the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the National Apprenticeship Service as part of the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week. The aim of the event was to help showcase the great opportunities Apprenticeships create for businesses and the positive impact they have on the economy.

With research showing that nearly half (48%) of businesses in the East of England plan to take on apprentices in the next five years the organisations teamed up to invite local employers to find out more about the benefits of Apprenticeships. Then, on behalf of the Hertfordshire LEP, Matthew Hancock unveiled the partnership’s Apprenticeship strategy for the future which sets out the LEP’s continued commitment to creating opportunities for the county’s school leavers. Last year alone, 7000 young people enrolled in apprenticeships in Hertfordshire; it is hoped the new strategy will encourage even more employers to take on apprentices.  The new apprenticeship strategy makes up part of The LEP’s wider strategic economic plan which commits £30m to closing the skills gap in county.

Held in the inspiring setting of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, the employers heard from the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network – which consists of employers which are already reaping the benefits of using Apprenticeships – how to grow their own talent and to improve productivity and staff retention. Apprentices Alex Blake from BRE and Leanne Ingledew from MBDA Missile Systems also explained how Apprenticeships were helping them to earn in a real job and to gain real qualifications and a real future.

Graham Lane, deputy chair of the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, said:“The latest research shows a 22% increase in the number of Apprenticeship vacancies in Hertfordshire being posted on the Apprenticeship vacancies website. But with online applications also leaping by 14% in the county we are keen to do all we can to encourage local employers to create more Apprenticeship positions and to meet the demand.”

Dan Dark, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Board member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership said:“Apprenticeships are an excellent way of training young people and providing them with the skills they need for a successful career. Through Warner Bros. Creative Talent, our investment in skills and training for the UK’s creative industries, we have taken on a number of apprentices here at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.  In addition, the new apprenticeship strategy of the Local Enterprise Partnership, of which I am a member, will play an important part in encouraging more Hertfordshire-based businesses to do the same.”

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock added: “Young people are increasingly making Apprenticeships their first choice and over half say they would like to do an Apprenticeship if one were available. I would like it to be the new norm for all young people to choose either an Apprenticeship or University to further their education.

“National Apprenticeship Week 2014 is a great opportunity for young people and employers to find out about Apprenticeships, and events such as this one held by the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network are a great chance to find out about all the benefits. 96% of employers that take on an apprentice reports benefits to their business, and I would encourage other employers to find out how apprentices can improve the skills base within their business.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising the event for their commitment to Apprenticeships and Traineeships”

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