35 Employer Apprenticeship Ambassadors from across the SE were ‘flying the flag’ to show their support for Apprenticeships during NAW. There was a prize for the 2 ‘highest’ flags flown and these were won by Oxford University and the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust who flew their flags high from the roof (Oxford University) and a helipad (Frimley Health.) A bottle of Prosecco will be winging its way to each of the lucky prize winners.
Other activities included the sponsorship of an Apprenticeship graduation ceremony held by Brighton and Hove City Council, a YAAN training day in Oxfordshire, an Apprenticeship Challenge Day held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, employer business breakfasts at Mercedes World and Portsmouth City Council and many Apprenticeship roadshows run right across the SE.
On Thursday 7 March 2019 some of our SE YAAN members travelled to the House of Commons to celebrate all things Apprenticeships with Elizabeth Flegg, joint Chair of the SE AAN and other YAAN and AAN members across England.
The Skills Minister, Anne Milton visited Invotra, an SE AAN member, where she spent time being shown how cyber security works and testing digital accessibility with former and current Apprentices at the company.
Gillian Keegan, MP Apprenticeship Ambassador, visited Chichester Stoneworks to meet Emma, one of their Stonemasonry Apprentices and to ‘have a go’ herself. After that she attended a lunchtime event held by the SEAAN and supported by the FSB and Sussex Chamber of Commerce at the Aldingbourne Centre, near Fontwell, West Sussex. This event brought together large and small businesses to show SMEs how the transfer of Apprenticeship levy funds works. Four large employers outlined the funding they had available for SMEs and productive networking took place between all.
Finally, Apprentices from the Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust put on a fantastic quiz night which they then used as evidence towards their Apprenticeship. The quiz was hugely popular and raised over £1000 for the hospital’s charity. And the best part? The winning team were all Apprentices…of course.
Many thanks to the huge effort that all our Apprentice Ambassadors and Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors put into making NAW so successful in the SE.