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During National Apprenticeship Week, 11-15 March, Jeff Cuthbert, the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, visited Pembrokeshire College to meet with local employers to discuss their training needs.
Now in its sixth year, Apprenticeship Week is all about raising the profile of apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media and celebrating the positive impact they have on both individuals and businesses.
As part of Apprenticeship Week, the College also hosted a lunch for employers and current students. This well attended event saw over 15 local employers join College staff and students to discuss the skills and attributes that employers are looking for when recruiting apprentices. Being able to talk directly to employers, in an informal setting, gave the students an excellent opportunity to gain some insider knowledge that will undoubtedly help them when attending interviews in the future.
Throughout Apprenticeship Week the College also held drop-in sessions encouraging employers to talk to an adviser and find out more about the range of apprenticeships on offer. Through these sessions the College is hoping to have spread the word about the value of apprenticeships to businesses across all sectors within Pembrokeshire and beyond.
With the theme of ‘Apprenticeships Deliver’, during his visit on 14 March, the Deputy Minister spent time talking to employers about the benefits apprentices can bring to their businesses along with how the College can help to support them with their wider skills needs.
The Deputy Minister said: “Apprenticeships play an integral role in our economy. They increase the skill set of the workforce and make Wales a more attractive place with which to do business.
“I was very interested to hear the views of local employers and find out more about their specific training needs. The feedback I received simply reinforced just how important apprentices are for local businesses.
“I want more businesses to realise the potential of apprenticeships and that is why last week I committed a further £40 million over two years to increase and support apprenticeship delivery.
David Evans, Assistant Principal Resources, at Pembrokeshire College added: “As the lead provider in the Skills Academy Wales (SW) consortium recruiting over 1,300 new apprentices each year, raising the profile of apprenticeships is one of our top priorities. With the Welsh Government keen to continue promoting apprenticeships we hope this high profile visit by the Deputy Minister will help to raise the profile of apprenticeships both for young people and employers within Pembrokeshire and beyond.”
To find out more about Apprenticeships or to speak to an adviser at the College please call 0800 9 776 788.