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#JoinTheJourney in National Apprenticeships Week

Published: Monday, March 6, 2017

Partners across Cambridgeshire are coming together to promote the wealth of positive opportunities available through apprenticeship schemes.

National Apprenticeship Week launches today, Monday 6th March, celebrating its 10th anniversary, and focuses on apprenticeships providing a ladder of opportunity to individuals and businesses. 

Throughout the week, stories of people across the region who are reaping the benefits of apprenticeships will be shared and events will be held to raise awareness of the schemes, including a double decker bus tour running from Friday 10 March until Friday 17 March.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has committed to delivering at least an additional 420 apprenticeships to Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire by 2019 as part of its economic growth programme.

It has provided funding for the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) ‘Signpost 2 Skills’ programme, an initiative designed to bring businesses and young people together to create new employment opportunities for the area.

Delivered by Cambridge-based social enterprise Form the Future, Signpost 2 Skills has been extremely successful in engaging with education providers, young people and businesses to create long lasting skills opportunities.   

During 2016, more than 13,500 students participated in their events to meet employers, over 900 students were placed on work experience placements, 40 students received mentoring and more than 700 volunteers from over 300 companies took part in their events.

Hundreds of apprenticeship schemes are available in the Cambridge / South Cambridgeshire area with large and small businesses providing structured learning schemes for young people.  

Alongside the case studies being published this week, the following events will be held:

-        Tuesday 7 March - ‘Getting Started with Apprenticeships’ event for businesses held at Marshall AeroAcademy from 8am – 10am Email or call 01223 781 296 for more information or to book your place.

-        Wednesday 8 March – ‘Future Digital Heroes’ – event for businesses focusing on degree apprenticeships at Aveva on Madingley Road between 8.3am and 11am. To book go to or call 07545 204359

-        Thursday 9 March - Twitter Q&A hosted by Anne Bailey from Signpost 2 Skills.  Use #SkillsQ&A to post your questions about apprentice opportunities in the area between 12pm and 1pm.

-        Monday 13 March – The Signpost 2 Skills #JoinTheJourney bus tour enters Cambridge.  The double decker bus is touring the local area, visiting schools and businesses with a range of experts to give advice and information on apprenticeships.  On Monday it will be starting the day at AVEVA before moving on to Comberton Community College, Long Road Sixth Form, Parkside School, North Cambridge Academy, and finishing the day at Cambridge Science Park.

Chair of the Greater Cambridge City Deal and Leader of Cambridge City Council Lewis Herbert said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the wealth of work underway in our area to support and grow skills and employment opportunities in our region.

“Cambridge is a world leader in industry and innovation and the City Deal looks to help secure this status by helping businesses invest and grow, through accessing the right people with the skills they need.  Cambridge businesses and organisations continue to create hundreds of new jobs each year and apprenticeships open doors for local people to take advantage of exciting local career opportunities.  

“I would encourage businesses, those in education and our young people to look out for our case studies this week which really bring these fantastic opportunities to life, and to come along to visit the Signpost to Skills bus tour next week.”

Neil Darwin, Chief Executive at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, explains: “Apprenticeships provide both young people and businesses with a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and develop their staff. With such a wide range of different apprenticeships available, almost every business could benefit from taking on an apprentice to help their company to grow. We hope that as many young people and employers #JoinTheJourney by hopping on board our bus and speaking to one of our experts.”

Throughout the week, partners will be using #NAW2017 and #JoinTheJourney to share their information.