Final push for apprentice scheme - 130 signed up

Stephen Lloyd - leading apprenticeship drive
Stephen Lloyd - leading apprenticeship drive

WITH only three weeks until the campaign to find 200 apprenticeships in Eastbourne in 100 days finishes the hunt is on to find more employers to take on an apprentice.

The project was launched at Eastbourne Town Hall to the business community back in May by the National Apprenticeship Service and MP Stephen Lloyd and since then more than 130 employers have pledged to take an apprentice on board.

Originally designed to get 100 apprenticeships in 100 days, the campaign smashed its own target so the number was boosted to 200.

Among those companies locally who have signed up are Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel, Baldwin Training and the Woodside Hall Nursing Home.

Woodside director Sharon Lloyd said, “Apprenticeships work well within our work setting and the training and support received from Baldwin Training has always been excellent with assessors taking into account the staff rotas and supporting them with whatever learning difficulties they may have.

“I have found the training has given the staff more confidence in their ability and also helped me as an employer see the benefits of what training can offer.

“One of our employees has recently achieved her level 2 in Health and Social Care while working on nights.”

At the Grand Hotel two fast learning employees are completing their apprenticeship qualifications in record time and are set to progress to the next level. Successful learners Clare Riley and Jasmine Sellings, from Eastbourne, were encouraged to embark on the work-based awards achieved through assessment and training by Elite Hotels, the owners of the Grand. They have been helped by Smart Training and Recruitment, an independent training provider specialising in apprenticeships across a range of sectors-.

Clare, 28, joined the hotel in 2003 and is employed in the housekeeping department and 21-year-old Jasmine works on reception.

Companies and businesses interested on taking on an apprenticeship, or individuals wanting an apprenticeship, can find out more at or by calling 08000 150 600.