Bishop Auckland MP, Dehenna Davison, has welcomed Apprenticeships week, praising local employers and apprentices for their achievements and work throughout the pandemic.
Across the North East businesses have been marking the annual celebration of Apprenticeships Week, shining a light on the brilliant work of employers and apprentices throughout the year.
Bringing together businesses, apprentices, training providers and MPs, National Apprenticeship week highlights the work being done across the whole apprenticeship community to promote apprenticeships and their impact. Last year’s hugely successful apprenticeships week saw over 900 events taking place across England and stakeholder toolkits and assets downloaded over 16,000 times.
Brenda McLeish, CEO Learning Curve Group, said,
“National Apprenticeship Week is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s such a great opportunity to share the amazing things LCG do for businesses and individuals outside of university. Being able to engage with organisations through things like today’s event is essential to ensure apprenticeships are utlisied to the best of their ability. They can bring so much value to an organisation and being able to share the journeys of our clients is imperative to increase awareness and change perceptions as apprenticeships enter a new age.”
To mark the week, Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison met with apprentices from local businesses such as GSK and Learning Curve Group, talking with apprentices about the work they do and how the have been affected by the pandemic. Dehenna said:
“The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships shines a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country. This year, especially, the week aims to recognise the employers of all sizes who have stepped up to the challenge during this unprecedented time.
“It has been great to see how employers across my constituency provide opportunities to study and gain experience as an apprentice. Many have worked incredibly hard to ensure apprentices can continue to study during the pandemic.
Apprenticeships can benefit people from all ages and backgrounds, and this week is incredibly important to highlight to students that university is not their only option.”
Attending Learning Curve Group’s online event, “Businesses are you getting the most out of apprenticeships?”, Dehenna discussed with the apprentices their experiences and talked about how the option of an apprenticeship isn’t always talked about in school.
Amelia Troup, Apprentice at Learning Curve Group, said,
“I knew after leaving school that the academic route of college wasn’t right for me which is why I chose an apprenticeship. For me, learning the valuable skills and in depth knowledge for my chosen career path while actually doing it in the real world was going to set me up for life and I am so pleased to have chosen the route I have.”