THE 100 jobs in 100 days apprenticeship campaign, which has already seen its target smashed, has now received 111 pledges from local employers.
One employer and training provider that is benefiting from the campaign is Sussex Downs College.
Georgia Robins, a former Seaford Head Community College pupil, has joined the team in the executive office in Eastbourne, undertaking an advanced level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship working alongside chief executive Melanie Hunt’s personal assistant Jane Laslett.
Georgia said, “It’s a way of improving your knowledge and demonstrates how an office environment works. Undertaking the apprenticeship is giving me hands-on training whilst I am getting paid.
“It is providing me with first-hand experience on how to deal with tasks and enabling me get a foot-hold on the career ladder that I want to take. In the longer term I would like to become a top PA perhaps working in London or abroad in the media or music industry.”
Over the next 26 months Georgia will complete her apprenticeship in the workplace which will also enable her to progress onto higher education at a later date if desired.
Melanie Hunt added, “As a college, Sussex Downs is firmly committed to supporting apprenticeships and learning in the workplace. “We know that many people benefit from learning whilst earning a wage, with the opportunity to follow a structured programme as well as benefit from advice from experienced and expert staff.
“Alongside this, organisations can also learn from new staff, as they often bring with them different skills and talents.”
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and the National Apprenticeship Service are urging Eastbourne area employers to join in the campaign and take on an apprentice. If you are an employer interested in taking on an apprentice please visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.