Eastbourne firms unite to boost apprentice initiative

Stephen Lloyd MP who started the local apprenticeship initiative congratulates Michael (L) and Paul (R) Gietzen. E33124M
Stephen Lloyd MP who started the local apprenticeship initiative congratulates Michael (L) and Paul (R) Gietzen. E33124M

KEEN to build on the success of the town-wide 100 Apprenticeships in 100 Days, Eastbourne is holding a week-long drive to highlight the opportunities available locally.

Last year businesses, colleges and the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd joined together to promote the positives of on-the-job learning and managed to exceed expectations by finding work slots for almost 200 young people.

Now, in a bid to attract more firms into taking on students, the town’s job centre is holding a drop-in event to coincide with national Apprenticeships Week.

On Monday, February 6 at the town hall, a host of businesses will be on hand to talk to young people considering apprenticeships so they can find out more about exactly what is on offer.

The session will run from 1pm until 5pm.

Among those confirmed as attending are Babcock, Baldwin Training, Campus Training, Carlton Property Management, Childs Play Training, Eastbourne Homes, Eastbourne Works, Freedom Leisure, Furniture Now, Hill McManus, JACE, JHP Training, JTL Training, Mears Groups, the NHS and Plumpton College.

The hope is that by introducing young people with potential employers, the town can further increase its already enviable record on apprenticeship.

Pauline Skilton, of Eastbourne Jobcentre Plus, said, “Work Experience and Apprenticeships give young people the skills and experience they need to take up local jobs.

“There are hundreds of jobs available across Eastbourne and Jobcentre Plus works with a variety of partners to ensure jobseekers have the support they need.

“We’re inviting all jobseekers, not just young people, and employers to come along to the town hall to find out more about how apprenticeships can help them.”

Jobseekers who attend on the day will also have the chance to speak to training providers and employers can find out more about the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

Anyone who would like more information on the event, or who would like to find out more about taking on or becoming an apprentice, should Jackie Akehurst on 01323 413114 or email Jackie.akehurst@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk