Apprenticeships Minister Nick Boles visits 3aaa Watford Academy

On Monday 12th January, we had two very special visitors to our Watford Academy. Apprenticeships Minister Nick Boles MP joined local MP Richard Harrington to showcase the ‘outstanding’ local opportunities available to the young people of Watford, and called for more businesses to take on an Apprentice ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2015.

Richard Harrington is no stranger to our Watford Academy having previously visited in December 2014. He was impressed by the personal touch we have as a training provider and expressed a fondness of how we go about our work with both Apprentices and Employers.

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During the visit on Monday, both Nick and Richard were taken on a tour of the Academy and then observed one of the employability sessions that was taking place with the applicants and an Employer. Deborah Cridford from local company Swagelok offered the Apprentices advice about CVs, interviews and personal profiles and spoke about why she would take on an Apprentice over a graduate.

Nick Boles MP commented “Almost 2 million people have taken up an Apprenticeship over this Parliament, and I’ve met two more today. We must continue to grow this though and it’s clear that in Watford, where almost 3000 Apprenticeships have been created since 2010, this is happening and there are great opportunities. Richard asked me to come here today to support his call for more businesses to consider taking on an Apprentice this year, and we’ve heard first hand just how beneficial it can be for employers to do just that”.

Richard Harrington MP added to this: “We’ve seen a serious overhaul of Apprenticeships over the past five years, they are now available in over 170 industries. Everything from financial services to engineering and mechanics, Apprenticeships are really respected by employers. The biggest champions of Apprenticeships that I meet are the employers who have already benefited so much from employing an Apprentice, so I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet to consider doing just that”.

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Throughout the day, Nick and Richard were introduced to the staff at our Watford Academy and also spoke to some of our Apprentices about their experience so far and how they have benefited from their Apprenticeship.

Julie Watts, 3aaa Watford Academy Manager said “It is great that 3aaa is being recognised at government level as an organisation that are passionate about creating life changing opportunities. Richard Harrington has been opening doors for us in the local community and we look forward to working closely with Nick Boles in the future”.

Andy Palmer, 3aaa Managing Director added “It was a real honour for us to be able to welcome the Minister, Nick Boles, to the Watford Academy and he was obviously impressed with what we saw and heard from our Apprentices, our Employers and the 3aaa team. With so much discussion about Apprenticeships being dominated by large employers it was super for him to be able to hear from Apprentices working in small companies and their employers. He left with the very clear message that we are delivering life changing opportunities for many thousands of young people, we are delivering an outstanding Apprenticeship experience and we are delivering bang in line with the priorities that government have for Apprenticeships.”

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If you’re an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice or a young person looking to take your first steps into an exciting career in IT, Digital Marketing or Accountancy, get in touch with us today: 0844 504 3174 or www.3aaa.co.uk