Events. People & Skills Projects - 15 February 2017

Live online skills event world record attempt backed by D2N2

A world record attempt to have the largest ever number of people take part in a live online careers advice seminar is being backed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ – taking place this year (2017) from March 6 to 10 – is co-ordinated annually by the National Apprenticeship Service; to highlight the positive impact of apprenticeships and traineeships on individuals, businesses and the economy.

This year’s events will include ‘The Big Assembly’; a Guinness World Record attempt to involve the most ever schools, young people, parents, careers advisors and employers in a single live, online video stream to thousands of UK venues who want to find out more about apprenticeships and post-16 career options. The online seminar will run from 8.45am to 9.15am on Tuesday March 7. To pre-register to take part go to website

‘The Big Assembly’ is being sponsored by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Apprenticeship Service, and the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The online event has been created by the East and West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, regional employers who voluntarily promote employers’ engagement with apprenticeships; Nottinghamshire-based Workpays, which provides free information, guidance and training to help people into the workplace (it is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service); and GetMyFirstJob, a social enterprise connecting young people needing work opportunities with employers and training providers looking for skilled employees.

Business and other employers from across the D2N2 LEP area (of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) including East Midlands Chamber, Boots, Toyota, Nottingham City Homes, Derry Building Services, Derby Homes, Futures Housing Group and Nottingham City Council are due to be involved on the day. Apprentices taking part could receive prizes of career-related opportunities, including the chance to shadow the Chief Executive of a major organisation or to be involved in a Boots product launch.

The Big Assembly is looking to get more than 5,000 log-ins during the online event, which is due to last 30 minutes. It will be introduced by Robert Halfon MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills; and feature information films on apprenticeships, and live chat between apprentices and skills advisors.

To get involved in The Big Assembly and pre-register go to website

Follow the action on social media channels including Twitter and Instagram, at @BigAssembly

The D2N2 LEP and its Growth Hub service for businesses are committed to improving skills and training across the LEP’s area, seeing this as an essential part of the wider drive to create greater economic and jobs growth.

For example, D2N2 and the Government-backed Careers and Enterprise Company have jointly invested in a £300,000 ‘Enterprise Advisor’ network; which is aiming to recruit 80 business volunteers to work with 80 schools across the LEP area, to improve students’ employability skills and broaden their career horizons.

For information on D2N2 LEP skills and training activities see its website at

Media wanting further information on the work of the D2N2 LEP can contact D2N2 Communications Manager Sean Kirby on 0115 957 8749 or email:  

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