Apprenticeship Breakfast Briefing brings local businesses up-to-date

Apprenticeship Breakfast Briefing brings local businesses up-to-date

L-R: Peter Husband, Group Vice Principal for Apprenticeships and Innovation at Warwickshire College Group, Debbie McCarthy, Customer and Business Support Services Manager at Rugby Borough Council, Torin Spence, Apprenticeship Hub Manager for Warwickshire County Council

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Warwickshire College Group welcomed local businesses to a free breakfast event to find out everything about apprentices and apprenticeships.

Peter Husband, Group Vice Principal for Apprenticeships and Innovation at Warwickshire College Group, welcomed businesses to the event and gave an overview of the current apprenticeship landscape, as well as information on Trailblazer and degree apprenticeships.

Debbie McCarthy, Customer and Business Support Services Manager at Rugby Borough Council then gave the employer perspective before Torin Spence, Apprenticeship Hub Manager for Warwickshire County Council brought the audience up-to-date with the latest developments around the Apprenticeship Levy and Digital Apprenticeship Service.

Peter Husband said, “We were delighted to welcome so many local employers to this briefing event during National Apprenticeship Week. Apprenticeships are at the heart of the government’s drive to equip people with the skills that employers need, but it’s a rapidly changing landscape, so this was a great chance for us to bring employers up-to-date with the latest news and information about apprenticeships.”

Debbie McCarthy from Rugby Borough Council said, “Our Business Administration Apprenticeship Programme is in its fourth year and we have had 20 apprentices in that time. This builds on the success that we’ve had with our Trade Apprentices who have won awards. The majority of our apprentices have stayed with the council, so it has been really successful for us – we really are ‘growing our own’! Young people can bring so much to a business, we would certainly recommend recruiting apprentices to other employers.”

Warwickshire College Group offers a range of apprenticeships in a wide variety of industries. For more information, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 0300 456 0046.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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