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Sixth annual Apprenticeship Week begins

Hundreds of organisations will join in celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the economy during the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week from 11-15 March.

How to encourage more apprenticeships will be one focus of the Skills for a Sustainable Built Environment Day on 12 March at Smart Life in Cambridge, which will incorporate the latest meeting of SummitSkills’ East of England BSE Employer Skills Forum.

On 14 March SummitSkills will also be celebrating the success of its Test Drive Talent initiative, a project to generate more apprenticeship opportunities by matching employers with talented young learners who need work experience to increase their employability.

The event, taking place in London, will identify the good practice that has been learnt and consider how to build on the project’s success.

On 15 March in London, SummitSkills development manager Catherine Elliott will be one of the judges at a Dragon’s Den-style competition organised by Leeds College of Building for students participating in their new Higher Level Apprenticeships in Sustainable Built Environment and Facilities Management.

SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE said: “Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to deliver qualified and suitably experienced workers to the building services engineering workforce and we welcome Apprenticeship Week as an extra opportunity to get this message across.

“This is especially important at the moment, at a time when the temptation is for employers to think only of their immediate future and not plan further ahead.

“As our Test Drive Talent project has found, there are plenty of talented, enthusiastic learners out there who could be making a real difference to the future of our sector – they just need a chance.”

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