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Get involved in National Apprenticeship Week
YOUNGSTERS and businesses in Dorset are gearing up to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
Events are in full swing across the county as people get involved in the sixth annual celebration of the hard work of apprentices of all trades.
Mark Howard, divisional area director for the south for the National Apprenticeship Service, who is leading the week, said: “Every year, National Apprenticeship Week increases in popularity.
“Last year was a huge success and we look forward to showcasing the value and high quality that apprenticeships bring to individuals, businesses and the wider economy and celebrating apprentices in the south west.”
The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2013 is ‘Apprenticeships Deliver’.
Organisers hope to show how apprenticeships can benefit both employers and individuals, and showcase the quality of apprentices and the contribution they make to their employer’s success.
There are more than 40 events in the region taking place this week, including a bus tour throughout the south west to convince even more businesses of the benefits of apprenticeships.
Youngsters will also be taking to social media sites like Twitter to talk about their day-to-day life as an apprentice.
Users can follow them using the hashtag #247apprentice Mark Blunden, president of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, said apprenticeships are ‘excellent’ for both students and employers.
He said: “I am a great fan of the ‘earn while you learn’ principle, having been on the Government’s Youth Opportunity Programme myself some years ago after I left school.
“I got the chance to work my way into retail management at an early age without the burden of a student loan.
“It gives students the chance to experience real life working and engage with other workers while learning, not just from the training but also from work colleagues.”
He added: “In my own place of work too, we are hoping to take on an apprentice to tap into the rich vein of young talent that is out there trying to get into the workplace.”
The Dorset Echo will be featuring stories and case studies all this week of inspirational and award-winning apprentices, as well as events and apprentice-related news.
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