This week is National Apprenticeship Week, with the theme, “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”. We’ve blogged before on this topic, as we’re very enthusiastic about quality apprenticeships, which pay fairly and provide a solid foundation for a career ahead.
Across the country throughout this week, events and initiatives will take place to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships, and for potential apprentices to find out more about what opportunities are currently on offer. This map lists all the events happening each day.
We will be busy again here at A Fairer Chance during this year’s current National Apprenticeship Week, and we are excited to be accompanying eight beneficiaries to City Hall this Thursday 17 March, where Transport for London and several large, multi-national supply chain companies will be offering a range of exciting opportunities in rail, highways, design engineering, underground, telecommunications, IT and systems management, vehicle mechanics, transport operations and more. There will be details on the day of over 160 available apprenticeships, and our clients, who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), including some with criminal convictions, will have the opportunity to hear about these opportunities from industry experts and current apprentices. Last year, we wrote about Marcos, who was successful in securing a Track Maintenance apprenticeship, and his experience is a flavour of what could lie ahead for our hopeful clients after Thursday’s event. (Watch this space too, as just this week we have successfully placed another young man with convictions with Cleshar Contract Services.)
At the end of the week, this Friday 18 March, two of our beneficiaries who were successful in obtaining positions on the prestigious Jamie’s Fifteen Apprenticeship Programme (read about Sarah’s success) will be participating in an apprentice challenge, showing off their new skills honed since starting the scheme back in September and we look forward to seeing them in action, not to mention tasting some delicious treats. Without a doubt, a place on this programme can open doors in their careers.
Members of our staff will also be attending Jobcentre Plus offices in London, to meet more young people, and we hope for some an apprenticeship may well provide them with the necessary steps to take their careers and lives in new and fruitful directions.
If you are an employer with apprenticeship opportunities, don’t forget to pledge your apprenticeships.