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Apprentice Plan Launched to Help Young People Reach Their Potential

To mark National Apprentice Week Waltham Forest Council has announced details of how it plans to support young people to gain the vital skills and experience they need to set them on a successful career path.



Apprenticeships offer an exciting route into a career for young people, giving them the opportunity to earn valuable work experience while developing their skills and continuing to earn qualifications.



The Council is developing a talent pool which will help to match young people in the borough with suitable apprenticeship opportunities, and ensure they receive the training and support they need to succeed. The Council also wants to support 50 young people into new apprenticeship positions by summer 2017, across a wide range of industry sectors including teaching, IT, childcare, accountancy, health and social care.



Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets said: We have some incredibly talented young people in Waltham Forest, and we want to do all we can to help them develop the skills they need so they can make the most of the growing number of employment opportunities available across the borough.



“We know that apprenticeships were once perceived as a ‘last resort’ for young people but this is definitely no longer the case. Apprenticeships are now becoming a genuine preferred option for motivated young adults who want to get on in life and further their career. Many of those who have achieved their apprenticeship go onto full time employment while others may go on to higher education.”



“If you’ve got the determination and drive to get into the workplace while continuing to learn and develop your skills, then an apprenticeship could be for you.”



To celebrate National Apprentice Week the Council held a special event at Rushcroft Foundation School today (7 March), to speak to sixth form pupils about the benefits of an apprenticeship and give them an opportunity to speak to current apprentices about their experiences.



The speakers included 19-year-old, Sasha Hudson, a former student at Rushcroft Foundation School, who is now an apprentice in the Business Administration team at Waltham Forest Council. Sasha left school at age 16 to attend college but found she wasn’t being pushed hard enough. She attended an event held by the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, and said she was “blown away” by the range of apprenticeships on offer for young people.



Commenting on her apprenticeship, Sasha said: “My apprenticeship has opened doors for me, and I’m seen as a valued team member, not just a student. I’ve supported Council-wide events and have even got to meet the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. My family see me as a role model, my brother has now started an apprenticeship and my cousins want to do one too!”



For more information on apprenticeships in Waltham Forest visit www.lbwfadultlearning.co.uk. You can also get involved on Twitter and Facebook using #WFApps


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