100 in 100 aim for training provider

The region’s largest independent apprenticeship training provider is pledging its support for a scheme designed to get 100 apprenticeships underway in 100 days. 

 The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), which has recruited more than 500 apprenticeships across the region since August 2010, is backing the National Apprenticeship Service’s (NAS) 100 in 100 campaign, designed to promote the value of apprenticeships to businesses across the North East.

 The campaign, which begins today [January 20] and ends on April 29, will see the NAS, NECC  and many of the regions other training providers working together in partnership to encourage businesses to consider apprenticeship programmes to help them plug skills gaps in their company.  ‘100 apprentices in 100 days’ is being launched at an NECC networking event held at the Novotel Hotel, Newcastle Airport today, and will be promoted among the organisation’s members throughout the course of the 100 days.

 Patricia Wilkinson, director of training and skills development at NECC, said: “We’re delighted to offer our support to this campaign.

 “Apprenticeships are, for hundreds of businesses across the region, a fantastic way of addressing their key business needs, and recruiting a highly skilled workforce that can be moulded to their own individual needs.  Anything we can do to encourage our members to consider investing in apprenticeship programmes is certainly a positive, and this campaign will be a great help in raising awareness of, and interest in apprenticeships.”

 John Wayman, Regional Director for NAS, said: “Apprenticeships bring considerable value to employers, individuals and the economy as a whole.  In an increasingly competitive world, no business can afford not to invest in training and apprenticeships are one of the very best and most cost effective ways for employers to grow their own talent. 

 “That is why we are driving the 100 in 100 campaign, working with NECC alongside the other campaign partners to ensure that more North East organisations across all sectors and industries can have the opportunity to enjoy the business benefits that employing apprentices can bring.” 

 For further information about apprenticeships please call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit apprenticeships.org.uk.

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