Hounslow to ‘Blaze a Trail’ this National Apprenticeship Week

Hounslow Council will be marking the twelfth annual National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March, 2019) by promoting the range of apprenticeships available for people in the borough.

Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019

Image of the Careers Coach on Bell Square in Hounslow.

The ‘Blaze a Trail’ will be the theme nationally, ‘Blaze a Trail’ is the national theme that will feature throughout the week to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.

To find out more about apprenticeships, the council will be hosting a series of events where officers will be on hand with information for young people considering an apprenticeship route as an alternative to college or university. There will also be advice for parents, carers and teachers who are unfamiliar with apprenticeships.

Visitors will also have the chance to speak to employers who will be offering actual vacancies as well as information and advice on apprenticeships. There will also be the opportunity to meet current apprentices who will be on hand to share their experiences.

If you’re interested to find out more come along to one of the following sessions;

Coffee morning on Monday 4 March, from 10am to 12.30pm at The Hub, 103 Salisbury Road TW4 7NW

Tuesday 5 March, from 5.30pm to 7pm at The Green School for Girls, Busch Corner, London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5BB

Wednesday 6 March, from 5.30pm to 7pm at Reach Academy, 53-55 High Street, Feltham TW13 4AB

As part of the campaign, West Thames College will be also hosting an employers’ event focussing on the apprenticeship levy on Thursday 7 March, from 11am to 2pm at West Thames College, Spring Grove House, London Road, Isleworth TW7 4HS. To book your space, email Jasmine Matthias.

For those looking further afield, The National Apprenticeship Show will be taking place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 March at Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ. This event will bring together employers, colleges and providers wanting to find out more about what apprenticeships can offer. To register your free place, visit the National Apprenticeship Show website.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “There are many options available to young people after they leave school, and apprenticeships are becoming more important in helping them to enter the workforce. I would urge anyone wanting to find out more to attend these events to come along.

“But apprenticeships aren’t only for school leavers and young people, they are great for someone wanting to re-train or have a career change – and they not only allow you to earn a wage, but to gain a nationally recognised qualification and invaluable experience.

“As an employer, the council is committed to creating 4000 new apprenticeships and training opportunities to help people into work and to ensure employers pay the London Living wage.”

Designed for all ages, there is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education, then you’re eligible to become an apprentice.

If you’re interested in applying for an apprenticeship with the London Borough of Hounslow, please contact Katherine Black.

If you’re an employer and you would like to offer an apprenticeship, please contact our Employer Engagement Manager Maddy Gilbert.

For more information about the apprenticeship programme visit our apprenticeships page.

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