Talented apprentices from Hounslow Council took to the stage to showcase their talents to business from across the borough at a special event to mark National Apprenticeship Week.
All businesses in Hounslow were invited to Apprentices Mean Business to find out about the benefits of employing an apprentice. The council’s own cohort of 23 apprentices led the free event, sharing their journey to becoming an apprentice and explaining more about their roles.
Councillor Sue Sampson explained the council’s ambitious plans for 400 more apprenticeship places to be created in the next four years. She said: “We’ve set ourselves the challenge of helping to create more apprenticeships in the borough because we have seen how much it benefits young people, businesses and the local economy.
“In times of austerity, employers are often worried about the cost of taking on staff, but some business can access funding to make it easier. The council also has a dedicated apprenticeships team can help you every step of the way.
“For many young people an apprenticeship is their first taste of the world of work and their first step on the career ladder. It’s wonderful to watch a young person grow and develop before your eyes.
“Our Hounslow apprentices have done a great job comparing at this event and I’m sure their powers of persuasion have convinced the employers here that Apprentices Mean Business.”
Angela Lyons-Redman, director of My Plumber based in Brentford, has been employing apprentices for 9 years. She said: “In the construction industry, all good plumbers need to start their careers as apprentices in order to gain employment later with a reputable employer. By taking on trade apprentices I am ensuring my business is able to grow in the future. While I mostly employ apprentice plumbers, as the business has grown I have also taken on an office apprentice. We are looking to take on another office apprentice in May this year.
“I am a local employer and I feel that it’s important to give back to the community that I serve. Apprenticeships are a great way of making that happen.”
The event concluded with a lively quiz followed by a question and answer and session where apprentices and employers took questions from the floor.