Events to support National Apprenticeship Week

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West Sussex County Council will holding an event in Horsham this month to promote to importance of apprenticeships.

As part of its work to support National Apprenticeship Week number of events will be taking place during the week starting on Monday, March 11.

Senior members of staff at the county council will be taking part in a Chichester In Partnership work shadowing event, which will see them spending time with apprentices at the council and at local businesses.

On Wednesday, March 13, several county council apprentices will be marking their achievements at the Northbrook College Apprenticeship Celebration Evening.

Awards will be given to the college’s top apprentices, with West Sussex County Council’s own apprentices nominated for awards.

Two free apprenticeship events – run by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to promote the value of apprenticeships – will also be held in West Sussex.

The first will be held at the Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham on Wednesday, March 13 and the second event will take place in Field Place, The Boulevard, Worthing on Thursday, March 14.

Both events are free to attend and include a business breakfast for employers from 7.30am until 9am. Daytime activities for school groups will take place from 10am until 2.30pm.

From 3pm until 6.30pm the events are open to the public, who can visit information stands and ‘Have a Go’ activities, as well as participate in Career Workshops.

Booking is essential for businesses and schools, however the afternoon information sessions are open to everyone.

Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of West Sussex County Council who is responsible for Communities, Environment and Enterprise, said: “Young people face many obstacles in finding employment once they have left school or college, which is why we are committed to supporting apprenticeship programmes.

“Many careers have been kick-started by apprenticeships.

“We have some first-rate apprentices learning professional skills, and many of them often remain in employment with us.”

For information about West Sussex apprenticeships, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/apprenticeships

To book a place at either apprenticeship events on March 13 or March 14, please contact Hayley.Tod@apprenticeships.gov.uk