Speedy success for apprentice scheme

A BID to find 100 apprentices in 100 days in Eastbourne has smashed its target.

Now the hunt is on to find 200 apprentices in 100 days.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who launched the initiative with the National Apprenticeship Service last month, said, “This is absolutely stunning news.

“I have no doubt that we can find another 100. What I can I say, well done Eastbourne, you’re hired!”

The MP, working with the MP’s Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne Borough Council, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association and the Herald, launched the scheme on May 20 asking local business and organisations to offer 100 apprenticeships in 100 days and those on offer included apprenticeships in childcare, hospitality, accounting and construction.

Within 19 says 103 pledges had been made which prompted the MP to up his target.

He said, “While I was hopeful we’d reach the target, I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be so soon - what I’m going to do now is raise the bar.

“I want us to find 200 apprenticeships in 100 days. We continue to buck the trend in Eastbourne because we’re all working together.”

Gavin Graham, the employer services manager at the National Apprenticeship Service, said he was equally pleased.

“When Stephen first invited us to preliminary discussions about the challenge, he wanted us to make it 200 apprenticeships in 100 days because he was so positive about the local economy in Eastbourne.

“I thought this may be a step too far, but it appears not. I’m well and truly behind the MP in the search for a further 100 apprenticeships and I see no reason why he can’t get there.”