On Wednesday 21st March, Directors across Essex gathered at Chelmsford College to hear the latest news and updates on apprenticeships. It's one year on from the Government introducing the Levy and research has shown some employers are still unsure of training options open to them, to help them grow their business.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) breakfast event presented a Q & A Panel to help share information, clarify processes and update local employers on what's available. You didn't have to be a member of the IoD in order to attend. The event provided a great opportunity to network and discuss training opportunities within Essex with an emphasis on developing talent to fill skill shortages both now and post-Brexit.
The panel was made up of a range of experts across education and industry. Panel members included Andy Sparks (Principal of Chelmsford College), Ashley Phillips (Apprentice with Maycast-Nokes), Seamus Neavin (Head of Policy Research at the IoD), Amanda Rawlings (Business Development Manager, ACL) and Paula Hornett (Lead Commissioner for Post 16 Education Essex County Council).
Chelmsford College has recently been graded "Good" in all areas by Ofsted. The official report said almost all students and apprentices progressed into meaningful employment or further study, which supported FE Week recently ranking the College at top of the national league table for 16 - 18 learner progression.
IoD Essex Chair Christine Bhatt introduces the Panel at IoD Breakfast on How Apprentices Can Fill Skill Shortages Post-Brexit