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National Apprenticeship Week 2011 February 7-11th

Thursday 10th February 2011

During Apprenticeship Week (February 7th–11th) over 450 events will take place across the country to celebrate the achievements of the hundreds of thousands of apprentices who are learning nearly 200 different skilled trades.

John Hayes is Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning said “Although times are tough and budgets are tight, we know that Apprenticeships are a sound investment in the country’
s future. That is why, as soon as this Government came into office, we announced 50,000 additional adult places for the 2010-11 financial year. The budget for Apprenticeships will increase to over £1,400 million in the 2011-12 financial year. That equates to funding for over 350,000 apprentices. Importantly, we have also freed the FE sector from unnecessary bureaucratic burdens and given providers and employers the flexibility to work together in a more productive way.”

For CWO, Cathedral Works Organisation, investing in skills development is a no-brainer. Bernard Burns, Managing Director at CWO explains: “Our apprenticeship programme is fundamental to building our business and our reputation for skilled craftsmanship, as well as ensuring skilled craftsmen for future generations. It costs £90,000 to train an apprentice over three years and we have three to six apprentices working for us at any one time. This is a significant investment in both time and money but we have built our reputation on the quality of our staff.”

CWO’s investment in training is paying the company dividends with James Elsey, a 20-year old apprentice at the firm, recently being named joint winner of the Trainee Mason of the Year Award at the Stone Federation’s Natural Stone Awards 2010, held at Lords Cricket Ground in London. James won the award for his impressive samples of work, his attitude, passion and ambition.

For more information on apprenticeships available throughout the country visit the Apprenticeship website that has lists of events and activities to get involved with in your area.


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