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News - 17 February 2009
Simon Fanshawe. Chair BHEP

Apprentices - a valuable asset in a downturn

Apprentices are sometimes seen as a drain on resources that only the very largest companies can afford when in reality the opposite is true and they can benefit small companies as much as the giants. Brighton & Hove businesses will have the opportunity to find out more at an event on 24th February where Chair of the Economic Partnership Simon Fanshawe will be giving the key note speech.

Despite the recession high street giants like Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Superdrug and Phones 4u are committing to large-scale increases in the numbers of apprenticeships they take on and they are doing so to ensure they have the right skills to stay ahead of the competition which becomes even more important in a downturn.

Sainsbury’s has recently quadrupled to 465, Tesco will have a further 800, Superdrug plan a further 1,000 while Phones 4u intends to train at least 1,000 apprentices by next April.

The Government anticipates that one in five of all young people will be undertaking an apprenticeship by the end of the next decade building on the 184,000 young people who entered an apprenticeship in 2006/07 with a £1bn investment over the next two years.

The event, organised by the Learning Partnership, on Tuesday 24th February between 10 – 3 at The Brighton Dome will highlight how all the city’s key stakeholders can work together to increase the availability, breadth and quality of Apprenticeships in the city, and take on the challenges laid down by government to double the number of places available by 2013. The key note speech will be given by Simon Fanshawe. Chair of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) 

Click below for full details of the free event and how to register

Click here to download Apprenticeship Event Programme

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