England employers and educators are being challenged to get involved in apprenticeships this March as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of work-based learning.
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) will be showing employers and educators across the country how great businesses are made by apprentices at five free events around England as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3 March to 7 March).
The events and locations are:
- London – 3 March
- Dudley – 4 March
- Doncaster – 5 March
- Manchester – 6 March
- Newcastle – 7 March
And the awarding organisation – which is one of the UK’s top ten educational bodies – will be demonstrating how apprenticeships can help businesses reduce recruitment costs, retain staff and improve performance whilst showing a commitment to the local community and young people.
Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘We’ll be challenging employers and educators across England to get involved in apprenticeships, and inviting them along to find out more. We’ll show how by putting apprenticeships and learners at the centre of everything you do, you can improve the bottom line of your business whilst giving young people genuine career opportunities.
Apprenticeships give young people the chance to learn a trade whilst earning money and working towards a recognised qualification. They also give employers the chance to mould and develop the future workforce in a way that meets the needs of their business.’
Sue Renny, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at AS Watson UK – parent company of Superdrug and Savers – said, ‘We have been delivering apprenticeships for more than six years now. The focus for us is our 16-18 school leaver programme, where we offer young people an opportunity to take the first step into the world of work whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification, in this case a retail skills level 2 apprenticeship.
Our success rates have been fantastic and we have been able to offer almost 75% of our apprentices a permanent role on completion of their qualification – more than 30% of these being offered supervisory roles.’