White collar apprenticeships are finally receiving deserved recognition as a route into the workplace for many young adults.
Stephen Webb, Minister of State for Pensions, and Stephen Lloyd MP visited LMDB Accountants in Eastbourne to see how the accountancy firm is leading the way in successful apprenticeships with students from Sussex Downs College.
The Minister and Mr Lloyd were introduced to LMDB director Steven Diomedou and his three apprentices – Ryan Maslin, Hannah Barnato-Ludbrook and Shannen Scott.
Mr Webb heard about AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) opportunities available through the college, providing students with the skillset required for a successful future career.
Mr Lloyd’s advert for the apprenticeship campaign, 100 Apprentices in 100 Days, first caught Mr Diomedou’s attention.
Now, Mr Diomedou’s reasons for investing in young apprentices are twofold: it’s funded, and students have a mentor outside of the company.
The liaison between the firm and Sussex Downs College makes for a stable and happy working relationship.
Mr Diomedou said, “Apprenticeships are a better way to recruit. One, the apprentices learn your way of working; two, you’ve mentored them, and three, anyone can write a nice CV – it’s only when you get them in that you really know their work ethic.”
Mr Lloyd said, “I’m proud to work very closely with Sussex Downs College, right from the beginning, when I launched 100 Apprentices in 100 Days. We’ve since launched 3000 apprenticeships in Eastbourne – which is more than the previous seven years put together. I think white collar apprenticeships are going to see a huge explosion in the next year.”
Sally Bromley, head of Park College, added, “Apprenticeships are increasingly a really positive choice.”