Local businesses explore the benefits of apprenticeships at Business Breakfast 2017
Apprenticeships were top of the menu at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (9 March) at Langley College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices and providing details on apprenticeship funding reforms, the event was part of a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March 2017).
Over 50 employers from across the region attended the event including Marriott Hotel Group, Mars, Morgan Sindall, Oakley Court Hotel, John Guest and Housing Solutions. The ‘Business Breakfast’ event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College’s apprenticeship programmes, the new funding changes and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.
The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers such as Linda Hawkins from The Marriott Hotel Group, who has recruited apprentices through the College, and Dominique Unsworth from the Thames Valley Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. Meanwhile, the College’s catering students prepared a delicious buffet breakfast for guests, which included a cooked breakfast, croissants and handmade pastries.
One of the guest speakers at the event was Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources, London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels. Speaking at the event, she said: “We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us. They provide young people with top quality training and valuable life skills in a supportive, dynamic environment within the College and our hotels. The College has been exceptional in helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on the progress of our apprentices. Not to mention, the training facilities here are amazing.”
Guests were also provided with a tour of the College’s excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, the hair and beauty salons, sports centre and the STEM Project & Research Centre.
Langley College, part of East Berkshire College, has been helping small to medium-sized businesses and multinational companies in a wide variety of industries recruit and train apprentices for over 40 years.
Apprenticeships are available in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing, Health & Care and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4/5) also provide a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.