Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 5 February

First published in Worcester News 05.02.2021

As we enter February the year is already proving to be challenging for businesses and individuals alike picking up where 2020 left off, however I would like to focus this week’s column on National Apprenticeship Week which is returning next week.

National Apprenticeship Week is a Government backed campaign which runs each year to promote and highlight the value of apprenticeships from both the apprentice and employer sides.

This year the weeklong campaign will be running from 8th to the 14th February.

Locally we are passionate about driving the message of apprenticeships and as a LEP we work with various partners to achieve this across the county. For this coming week we will be working with the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Hub to promote a localised campaign.

Even with the challenge of COVID-19 and the current restrictions, the team have been working hard to ensure we have plenty of activity to share far and wide. Running across social media, we will be celebrating the apprenticeship achievements we’ve made to date, the exemplar case studies we have from around the county, and the current vacancies available.

You can follow along and join in with the local activity on social media by using the hashtag #WorcsApprentice.

I am looking forward to seeing this local celebration throughout next week and I would like to encourage businesses in the county to consider how an apprentice could help their business to recover and build back better.

The Worcestershire Apprenticeships team are available and qualified to speak with businesses, young people and parents on a one to one basis to support each individual situation and prioritise helping with finding an apprenticeship.

To contact the team and find out more becoming or hiring an apprentice, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.