People & Skills Projects - 06 March 2015

D2N2 skills strategy supports National Apprenticeship Week 2015

National Apprenticeship Week next week (March 9 to 13) is being backed by D2N2; the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

UK apprenticeships and their positive impact on apprentices themselves, businesses and the wider economy will be celebrated throughout the week. As part of D2N2’s drive to create economic growth, a more competitive economy – and 55,000 jobs in its area in ten years (by 2023) – it works closely with colleges and further education training providers through its ‘Skills for Growth Strategy’.

Working with businesses and enabling them to influence the skills priorities in the area, creating quality apprenticeships relevant to business needs and extending the higher apprenticeship offer to provide in-work career pathways is key to the Local Enterprise Partnership’s mission of promoting a skilled workforce which boosts economic growth; and this is reflected in our Apprenticeship Growth Plan strategy.

Skills In Focus

Rolls Royce Apprentice Ceire Bennett with a 535 turbofan model she helped to build

Mark Townsend, Apprentice Ambassador to the Skills & Employment Commission and Managing Director of Derry Building Services, said:

“Apprenticeships are a great route into work for young people, and a really credible alternative to University. Not only do they provide individuals with industry recognised qualifications, and valuable practical skills, they also allow companies to mould them to their own culture, ethics and practices to best suit their business needs. I started my career as an apprentice, as did over 70% of our workforce, so I know first-hand the benefits apprenticeships can bring to a business.”

To see National Apprenticeship Week 2015 events in the D2N2 area go to government information website

Or for other activities during National Apprenticeship Week go to the D2N2 website at

To learn more about the D2N2’s Skills for Growth Strategy and Apprenticeship Growth Plan see website or speak to D2N2 Commissioning Manager (Skills and Employability) Katrina Woodward, on 0115 957 8753 or email:

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