January 23rd 2015

Expansion and Reflections on a busy January

As we conclude January 2015, the pace of growth at 3aaa and the achievements in creating life changing opportunities for young people goes unabated.

We have now opened our 32nd centre at Norwich this week with 6 more opening between now and July, giving us a total of 38 centres

We have also now introduced TRAINEESHIPS as a new offer in a number of our centres and this will create 300 opportunities before now and July for young people looking to get into an Apprenticeship, but need just that little additional support.

January has also seen our biggest ever recruitment month. We will have placed over 360 People into sustainable jobs with robust Apprenticeship training this month, that is averaging over 80 people into jobs each and every week. That number will be increasing over the months and years ahead.

In our power of sport, we have recently completed a deal with Reading FC and there will be further announcements to extend our relationships with Derby County, Rotherham FC and Derbyshire Cricket over the next week – watch this space !

Finally for January, we were visited by the Skills Minister, Nick Boles who complemented us on our provision. Totally unexpectedly, he gave evidence to the Education Select Committee last Wednesday and the extract from Hansard is as follows:

“Entirely coincidentally, on Monday I was with Richard Harrington inWatford at one of the best apprenticeship providers in the country, a firm called 3aaa. Itfocuses on IT, accounting and digital apprenticeships, and deals only with 16 to 18-year-olds.

It is outstanding on every measure. It is the first apprenticeship provider to be rated outstanding on every measure at its first inspection by Ofsted. It is actually finding huge demand from employers, almost all of them small and medium-sized businesses, so it is possible to sell an employer quite a long and rigorous programme by showing that, nevertheless, this person will add value to their business.

The firm is demonstrating that across the country; it is in Watford and lots of other places, too. This is possible and it is experiencing a lot of growth. We need to learn from such companies how to expand the scheme.”

That really does summarise our January. I am sure February will be even more exciting and we will remain RELENTLESS in our pursuit of excellence in everything we do

Peter Marples, Co-Director of 3aaa