Last year 11,370 people in Essex took on an apprenticeship in a range of different sectors from IT, finance, manufacturing, health and social care, finance, logistics, construction and more.
This year, National Apprentice Week kicks off on 5th March and Essex County Council’s Apprentice Promotion and Brokerage Hub and ACL Essex are highlighting the support they offer to those looking to study for an apprenticeship or those wanting to employ an apprentice. Apprenticeships are for people of all ages who wish to gain employment or upskill in their existing role.
The Apprentice Promotion and Brokerage Hub offers support to young people looking for an apprenticeship and also offers free advice to businesses on the benefits of hiring an apprentice. The Hub also visits schools to speak and work with Year 11 pupils on apprenticeships.
ACL Essex offers a variety of apprenticeships for all ages, at varying levels, as well as support for local employees who want to support apprenticeships in their workforce.
Now in its 11th year, National Apprenticeship Week is organised by the National Apprentice Service (NAS) and is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy. The week brings together employers and apprentices to celebrate successes, with the aim of encouraging more young people to choose apprenticeships as a career path while continuing to study, and offers a more affordable route to higher education.
Josh Blake, aged 16, has just started his Intermediate Business Administration Apprenticeship. Josh said: “I considered an apprenticeship after attending a presentation from the Essex Apprenticeship Promotion and Brokerage Hub. Before the presentation I was considering a full time course at college, but gaining real work experience and earning a wage attracted me the most and I felt I had out grown school and I was ready for the world of work.
“The Hub was really helpful, they sent me through up to date vacancy bulletins and matched me up with roles that they thought I would be interested in like Estate Agents and Recruitment companies. The Hub helped me to make amendments to my CV, so it was ready to send out to employers and with my interview technique which made me feel confident when speaking with employers. I also attended one of the Hubs matching events where I spoke to one of the training providers who put me forward for my Business Admin apprenticeship. The feedback I received from my interview was that I was very mature and performed better than someone two to three years older than me and I was assigned. I really enjoy working in a team and the everyday work.”
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: "Apprenticeships are a fantastic career path for young people who can earn while they earn, and it is a great way of progressing further studies and offer an alternative route to higher education. There are a vast range of apprenticeships out there and there is something for everyone.”
As well as supporting individuals ACL Essex wants to help local employers invest in their workforce by helping them take apprentices into their business and by showing them how to support existing staff.
ACL Essex are holding a number of drop in events around the County promoting their apprenticeship programme to both employers and individuals wanting to find out more.
Monday 5 March 8am – 8pm County Hall Atrium, Chelmsford
Tuesday 6 March 10am – 8pm ACL Maldon
Tuesday 6 March 10am – 8pm ACL Clacton
Wednesday 7 March 10am – 8pm ACL Witham
Wednesday 7 March 10am – 8pm ACL Rayleigh
Thursday 8 March 10am – 8pm ACL Colchester
Thursday 8 March 10am – 5pm Basildon Library
If you're an apprentice and want to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week then follow Essex County Council on social media and tweet or post your pics using the hashtag #NAW2018