Members in the South East Region have for some years been keen supporters of the National Apprenticeship Service programme not only by employing apprentices but hosting regular apprentice information lunches with local MP support, annual graduation ceremonies in historic venues to celebrate apprentice successes and in addition some of our members belong to the Apprentice Ambassador Network sharing knowledge, experiences and shaping the future programmes for Government.
On Monday 1st April this work by FSB members of the South East was rewarded by the National Apprenticeship Service who hosted a ‘T’ Level launch event in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons sponsored by newly appointed MP for the Apprentice Ambassador Network, Gillian Keegan herself an active supporter of FSB. 200 attended this event of which 160 were FSB members some of whom had brought along their apprentice(s).
In her address Gillian Keegan MP acknowledged the support of FSB and looked forward to future support of ‘T’ Levels 2020. Gillian emphasised the benefit of working whilst training, thanked current apprentice employers and encouraged employers considering taking on an apprentice to take the plunge.
Mike Cherry said in his address “I am a great believer in the value of apprenticeships, both in giving young people a route into the workforce and in upskilling existing employees. I have seen first-hand the benefits apprentices bring in my own business, and in the FSB’s organisation during my time as Chairman.”
Mike also made reference to the support available saying “The good news is that there’s lots of support to help you find out more and recruit an apprentice. We are pleased that the Department of Education have been listening and making adjustments to the system. It’s still not perfect, but small businesses hiring a young person pay no co-investment and should receive a £1,000 incentive.
Indeed, from this very day, I’m pleased to say that co-investment has been cut from 10 per cent to 5 per cent, meaning that you will now only pay 5 per cent of the training costs if you take on an adult apprentice.”
FSB South East Region Chairman, Brian Woods put on his Managing Director of WS Planning and Architecture hat and together with his Apprentice Architectural Assistant, Max Rayner delighted the audience with the story of their journey so far. Max is one of only six Architectural Apprentices in the Country.
Feedback from the National Apprenticeship Service spokesperson was “a brilliant event with phenomenal social media coverage which went on for two days. Thank you FSB members!”