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Bexley celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

PUBLISHED: 09:22 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 14 March 2013

Cllr Linda Bailey

Cllr Linda Bailey

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This week marks National Apprenticeship Week and it is 21 years since Bexley Council first employed apprentices.

It has helped more than 600 people gain work experience and achieve a fully recognised qualification.

The scheme has grown from four to 11 apprenticeship frameworks, including marketing, accounting, building control and engineering. The council is currently supporting 43 apprentices on work-based learning programmes.

Cllr Linda Bailey, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic route into working life for both the employer and apprentice, they’re a breath of fresh air in any team.

“Our support to them is part of our wider commitment in helping local people improve their skills, and achieve their potential.”

Karen Farlie, a past apprentice at the council who now works in Bexley’s reablement team said: “I am eternally grateful for the support Bexley has shown me throughout this career pathway. I have benefited by receiving on-going support and mentoring.”

For more information about apprenticeships visit http://bit.ly/10K3A0d.


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