National Apprenticeship Week 14-18 March 2016
Fast approaching its first anniversary, NEP’s Apprentice Ambassador Programme was launched in 2015 to help enable both young apprentices and their employers engage the next generation workforce, not only for the sustainability and growth of Northamptonshire businesses but also the development of skills for the changing climate.
With over 30 Apprentice Ambassadors already representing a range of Northamptonshire’s businesses, the initiative has been hugely successful in helping NEP to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship to both young people and other employers. The Apprentice Ambassadors have been proactive in inspiring others by providing a different perspective of the benefits of an apprenticeship and what can be achieved by launching a promising career via routes other than university.
Current Northamptonshire Ambassadors including Jordan, an Administration Executive at Marler Haley, Darren, a Transport Administrator at XPO Logistics and Leigh, a Manufacturing Apprentice at Mahle Powertrain have helped to meet Northamptonshire’s business growth and skills deficit by imparting their stories in local schools. Their profiles can be found at: www.lovebrightfutures.com/apprentice-ambassadors
Growing the network
NEP is now keen to build on the success of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme and has a target of increasing the number of Northamptonshire Ambassadors to at least 50 by the end of the year. Apprentices are sought across all sectors including Higher Apprentices from professional services, technical engineering and finance to become Ambassadors.
Jo Stewart, Employment & Skills Manager, NEP said: “The Apprentice Ambassador Programme is a great opportunity for the Ambassadors as individuals to network with other local apprentices, learn more about the apprenticeship programme and present themselves as a true role model to engage and inspire others.
“It is also a ‘win-win’ for Northamptonshire companies who field an Apprenticeship Ambassador onto the programme. As a result they are able to provide industry insight into schools, promote their company and hopefully encourage young people to consider joining their business or industry sector.”
New intake for Apprenticeship Ambassadors
A new Apprentice Ambassadors workshop has been organised for Tuesday 5 April 2016 at the NEP offices. To find out more about this or the Apprentice Ambassador Programme in general, contact the Job Brokerage team at NEP on 01604 609393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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