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Gillian Keegan MP champions Apprenticeships with FSB


FSB joined with the South East Apprentice Ambassador Network (SEAAN) for an event in West Sussex promoting apprenticeships for SME’s. Chichester MP and Parliamentary Apprenticeship Ambassador, Gillian Keegan (pictured centre) gave a rousing address to employers indicating that latest research shows pay for those entering work via an apprenticeship is outpacing those who find employment via a University education.

Gillian also spoke about her experiences as an apprentice. She started work as an apprentice at Delco Electronics, a subsidiary of General Motors in Kirkby, Merseyside, aged 16. The training, studying and practical work, she said, had given her confidence and a great platform to build her future in business.

Also speaking at the event was FSB Area Leader, Jim Cunliffe (pictured left, centre), whose company, Face Media Group, continually trains and employs apprentices to take his business forward. Elizabeth Flegg, (pictured right, centre) from West Sussex County Council and representing SEAAN – the Apprentice Ambassador Network - gave an informative presentation on apprenticeships for the companies attending.

A good guide for employers thinking of taking on apprenticeships can be found here on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. Elizabeth Flegg explained that there was also an opportunity to apply for unused funds from bigger apprentice levy paying companies: an additional incentive for SME’s to take on an apprentice.  

“This was a great end to National Apprenticeship Week 2019,” said Martin Searle, FSB Development Manager. “And thank you to SEAAN for partnering with us to get the message out there that apprenticeships are good for business.” Next up will be two Apprenticeship Graduation ceremonies, teamed with a VIP business reception.

The West Sussex event is at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley on 20 May (save the date) and the East Sussex event will be in September at the brand new Welcome Centre in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre Quarter. Date to be announced!