King’s Lynn event highlights benefits of apprentices for businesses and young people

Hair and beauty apprentice Ashleigh Everett, who won the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the East of England Apprenticeship Awards in 2015. ANL-160216-113246001
Hair and beauty apprentice Ashleigh Everett, who won the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the East of England Apprenticeship Awards in 2015. ANL-160216-113246001

How apprenticeships can be life-changing for individuals and beneficial to businesses will be the focus of a special event in Lynn next week.

A one-stop-shop event, called Apprentices Uncovered, at Knights Hill Great Barn on Wednesday, February 24, includes an exhibition of apprenticeship opportunities for young people and their parents.

It is being hosted by The Skills Service, funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership and delivered by Opportunity Peterborough.

During the business part of the event, from 4-6pm, businesses can find out how apprentices can help with business growth, hear success stories from local organisations and their apprentices, listen to an update on apprenticeship reforms and take part in a question and answer session.

The session includes presentations from British Sugar, Norfolk County Council, Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, Skills Funding Agency, Nestle and West Norfolk Council.

The exhibition for young people and parents takes place from 6pm-8pm and visitors can find out more about apprenticeships as a career path, the range which is available and meet local businesses and training providers with apprenticeship opportunities. These include BAE Systems, 3aaa, the NHS and Anne Clarke Associates in addition to others.

College of West Anglia hair and beauty apprentice Ashleigh Everett, who works at Lynn’s Boldero and Filby hair and beauty salon, has never looked back since starting on her career path. She was the winner of the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the East of England Apprenticeship Awards.

Ashleigh, who would like to open her own salon one day, said: “I am absolutely delighted and so proud to win this award not just for my personal and professional development, but also for the College of West Anglia. I think it shows just how good apprenticeships are for young people. I have already had an increase in bookings and I’m hoping to help others realise their potential by being an ambassador for apprenticeships at CWA. This is my latest challenge.”

Kay Daniels, lecturer in hairdressing at CWA King’s Lynn, said: “We are all very proud of Ashleigh. She has a worked extremely hard all year, winning in-house competitions, student of the year for hair and beauty at the CWA Student Awards in July, and now this amazing award. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving apprentice.

“She is always looking to help others, caring and her new venture as a mentor reinforces this.”

And Sam Lester, who is a plastic injection moulding apprentice at Lynn’s Bespak, is positive about how his role has progressed. He is due to complete his apprenticeship this summer having started in August 2013.

He said: “I began my apprenticeship after completing A levels at Downham Martket Sixth Form. Instead of going to university, I decided to complete an apprenticeship as it gives me the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and skills, important first-hand experience in the engineering industry – and the obvious advantage of getting paid whilst learning!

“From day one I have been on site at Bespak working in various departments to learn how the company operates and the importance of each department within the Bespak structure.

“From September 2013 to July 2014 I attended Cambridge Regional College one day per week to complete Performing Engineering Operations Level 2. I am now in my final year of my apprenticeship and have thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to what the future holds.”

The Apprenticeships Uncovered event is free to attend, but please pre-register your attendance at: www.theskillsservice.co.uk/event/apprenticeships-uncovered or call Jacqui Farrell on 07931 206628 for more information.