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Apprenticeship Week celebrations a huge success

We were delighted to welcome apprentices, their families and employers into the Grimsby Institute today to help celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

Running from March 4th to 8th, NAW2019 has been highlighting the fantastic opportunities an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.

This year, the ‘Blaze a Trail’ theme has featured through the week, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to take up an apprenticeship while showcasing the high quality roles available.

During the week, our Apprenticeship team has held workshops, advice sessions, a breakfast event based on the new LGV Apprenticeship and today’s awards event for apprentices, their parents and employers.

Lucy Ottewell-Key, Executive Director of Apprenticeships, said: “Apprenticeship Week gives us the opportunity to shout loud about the benefits of apprenticeships across our community, as well as the chance to meet some of our fantastic current apprentices and those who are potential new apprentices.

“Apprenticeships are employer-led. They are a job with training that supports a learner to progress within their chosen career, while supporting an employer to decrease skills gaps within their organisation.

“The Grimsby Institute offers a full consultancy service including recruitment and matching, levy and funding support and guidance, bespoke apprenticeship development, an assigned account manager and work based trainer.

“Apprenticeships are currently delivered across numerous sectors such as business, HR and management, engineering and construction, warehouse, industrial and food and drink, childcare and supporting teaching and learning, vehicle technician and hairdressing.”

Addressing apprentices and employers at this afternoon’s ceremony, Principal and Deputy CEO Debra Gray said: “Our apprentices are among the best in the country.

“That’s because our employers take care of them and train them so well and, I firmly believe, we have one of the best Apprenticeship teams in the country.

“It’s not easy to earn while you learn, but it wouldn’t be possible without our employers. Thank you for the work you do with young people and adults, because the skills they learn at work make them an even better person.

“Our Apprenticeship team isn’t large, but works very, very hard to make sure every apprentice will suit their employer, every employer knows their responsibilities and this area, which has suffered so much for so many years, can thrive and train employees of the future.”

For more information, contact our Apprenticeship team on 0800 012 6656 or visit www.apprenticeships.grimsby.ac.uk for information on how apprenticeships can support your business, or for advice and guidance on how to apply.