Businesses in the borough of Hounslow are invited to discover the benefits of employing an apprentice at a special event to mark National Apprenticeship Week, taking place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March.
The free, interactive and informative Apprenticeships Mean Business event will be held on Thursday 12 March, from 4-5.30pm, at Hounslow Civic Centre.
Businesses will be discussing how apprenticeships have benefited their organisations and apprentices working for Hounslow Council and other employers in the borough will share the range of work they undertake and skills they have learned.
There will also be a range of providers on hand to tell you how much you can expect to pay for an apprentice, as well as how you can unlock government funding to support you employ an apprentice. Experts from the apprenticeship panel will be available to answer any questions you might have.
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said: “Learning on the job is a great way to break into an industry. As well as giving a young person invaluable experience, the skills you teach an apprentice can be tailored to meet the needs of your business.
“Many employers may think they can’t afford an apprentice, or their business wouldn’t benefit from one, but the reality is very different. In some cases you may even be able to access funding to help you pay for them.
“Creating more apprenticeships in the borough for our young people is a key council pledge. Come along to our event and speak to our specialist team about how they can support you to take on an apprentice – it’s easier than you think.”
If you’re an employer in the borough and would like to attend the Apprenticeships Mean Business event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission to the event is free but you must register your attendance by Friday 6 March.