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Apprentice Celebration Event welcomes companies and honours apprentices

Published Friday, 11 February 2011

Part of National Apprentice Week 2011.

Apprentice Celebration Event welcomes companies and honours apprentices

This week a special event was held in Enfield which was dedicated to celebrating apprenticeships and was held as part of National Apprentice Week 2011.

Enfield Council has a long history of supporting apprenticeships. Funded by the Working Neighbourhood Fund it has increased the number of apprentices recruited and employed to over 50 young people on apprentice contracts during the last year. 

Apprentices can work in the Council in a number of areas including catering, Art and Culture, Business Administration, horticulture, arboriculture, warehouse and storage, health and social care and child-care. 

Some facts about apprenticeships in Enfield*:
 81% of businesses who took on apprentices said that it generated higher overall productivity for their company;
 92% said that their apprenticeship programme motivated a staff and gave better job satisfaction;
 74% said apprentices were more loyal, remaining at the company longer than non apprentices.

The Council is encouraging business to support apprentices and offer more opportunities for Enfield residents.

Cllr Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Improving Localities said "This event was very special as it covered the two most important aspects that the Council needs to support and encourage the growth of apprentices.

"The earlier part of the day gave local businesses the chance to come in and network, and find out for themselves how a young apprentice can enhance and benefit their business.

"The evening was a glittering event where the talented young people that have worked with us so far received certificates for their contribution. I was delighted to be there to witness the day."

*Earlier research, conducted in February 2008 by Populus on behalf of the LSC to launch the first National Apprenticeship Week.

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