People & Skills Projects - 21 May 2015

East Midlands Apprentices are in the Running for Team of the Year

A team of East Midlands apprentices have been named as finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year having finished ahead of all other teams in Central England during the regional heats.

 Team Perfec is made up of apprentices from EMFEC Group and Pera Training and are finalists in the Brathay Challenge – a national drive to encourage businesses to recruit apprentices.  As a result, economists at Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) have estimated that the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015 has driven approximately £3.1m in additional GDP to the UK economy.

D2N2 – The Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, aim to promote and develop apprenticeships and traineeships to achieve higher level skills and improve social mobility. Paul Eeles, Chief Executive Officer of EMFEC group, is also Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Provider Advisory Board – a strategic group which assists D2N2 in delivering its Skills for Growth Strategy; to inform, drive and promote the development of a business-led, value added and destination driven employment and skills provision across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

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Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of EMFEC and Chair of the D2N2 Provider Advisory Board

Team Perfec also conducted four school visits to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships and hosted eight business breakfasts to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships and had interest from 41 employers. The 47 teams taking part in the Challenge recruited over 80 businesses to start offering apprenticeships.

The eight finalist teams will continue raising awareness of apprenticeships through to early July, when they will be invited to Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters where the apprentice team of the year will be announced on 8th July.

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