MP joins Abbeyfield to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week


Solihull MP Lorely Burt will be joining Abbeyfield at an event to celebrate apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week (March 9 – 13).

Mrs Burt will be joining Abbeyfield at the showcase event in Solihull on Thursday 12 March, to applaud the calibre of young people involved in Abbeyfield’s apprenticeship scheme during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

The event will see Abbeyfield apprentices from across the country come together to celebrate the scheme during a day of interactive learning experiences, in which Mrs Burt will be speaking out in support of the Apprentice Scheme.

Attending the Abbeyfield NAW event is 19-year-old Jack Pinkham from St Albans in Hertfordshire. After leaving school Jack began working as a general assistant at Abbeyfield’s St Albans-based headquarters.

"I was asked if wanted to become a Business Manager Apprentice at Abbeyfield and I jumped at the chance," he said. "My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to grow.  I’ve got to know people in the workplace, learnt directly about the organisation itself and the people we are here to help. I have built up great working relationships with people at every level, from our residents to the directors.

"My aspiration is to do the best I can and get the highest level I can. My apprenticeship here at Abbeyfield has been the best path I could have asked for."

Mrs Burt said: "Apprenticeships are a great way to get young people earning and learning whether as an alternative to university or something to do before going to university.

"By massively increasing government support, Business Secretary Vince Cable has doubled the number of apprenticeships and in the last four years we have seen over 7,000 created in Solihull alone.

"It is inspiring for me to see a hard-working young person like Jack Pinkham taking up an apprenticeship at Abbeyfield, giving himself a better chance to get on in life."

Abbeyfield chief executive Natasha Singarayer said: "Abbeyfield is proud to be celebrating the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals within our organisation and it is important the skills of these talented and committed young people - the real apprentices - are recognised.

"As a charity whose ethos is to make a difference to the lives of our older generations, it is only right that Abbeyfield should nurture and support young people too, and help them develop the skills sets they need to progress in their chosen career, as well as building a trained future workforce for our organisation.

"Abbeyfield will be expanding the number of apprentices offered as we continue to create opportunities to support young people into work."

Abbeyfield’s Apprentice Celebration Event is part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week which takes place from 9-13 March 2015, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.  
Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2014 was a huge success, with more than 1100 events and happening around the country. 

For more information about apprenticeships with The Abbeyfield Society call 01727 857 563.

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