Following its launch on Monday 6th January, the Cornwall Apprenticeships ‘300 in 100’ campaign gained momentum on Friday 10th January with three launch events taking place on the same day. The campaign aims to generate interest among employers across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in getting young people into work with an Apprenticeship and has the support of all six MPs in the county. It is hoped during the 100 days of the campaign that 300 pledges from businesses to take on apprentices will be made. The campaign also has the backing of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership through its Employment Skills Board.
On Friday 10th January, Sarah Newton MP hosted a breakfast launch event at Knowledge Spa in Truro. Apprenticeship Ambassadors Helen Lynch from RCHT and Benjamin Milby from Rich Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, together with some of their apprentices, were on hand to answer questions from businesses about Apprenticeships.
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, said:
‘‘We already have some excellent examples of Apprenticeships in Truro & Falmouth, with businesses working with our local colleges, such as the award winning Apprenticeship scheme operated by Pendennis Worldclass Superyachts in Falmouth. However there is definitely scope for new Apprenticeships to be created in businesses across my constituency.”
‘‘I strongly encourage local businesses to get in touch, to further explore Apprenticeships, and the benefits they can bring. I will be doing all I can to highlight these benefits and will continue to call for the new Apprenticeship places that will provide great opportunities for Cornish youngsters, whilst enabling local businesses to develop a skilled work force.’’
The campaign moved onto St Austell where Stephen Gilbert MP hosted a lunchtime event at the St Austell Printing Company. Apprenticeship Ambassador Kylie Wickett from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spoke to businesses about the positive impact Apprenticeships had made to her organisation.
Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, said:
“Liberal Democrats in government are building a stronger economy in a fairer society by boosting job opportunities and helping young people get on in life through education, Apprenticeship and training schemes.
“Since 2010, we have doubled the number of apprenticeship starts in Cornwall and the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign is now working across the county to boost that further and create 300 new places in 100 days.”
The day ended in Southeast Cornwall where Sheryll Murray MP hosted an afternoon tea event at the Cornwall School of Tourism and Hospitality in St Mellion. Apprenticeship Ambassadors Jill Carr MBE of Pendennis Shipyard Limited and Andy Hardy of Premier Carpets spoke to businesses about how the Apprenticeship programme operated in their different businesses.
Sheryll Murray, MP for Southeast Cornwall, said:
“Apprenticeships are a great way in which businesses can nurture new talent and allow them to maintain the skills they need in the area in which they operate.”
All events were support by the National Apprenticeship Service and members of the Cornwall Training Providers Network, members of which offer first class Apprenticeship training throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.