Over 100 apprenticeships have been offered by North Hertfordshire businesses thanks to the love apprenticeships campaign.

The love apprenticeships campaign was launched at the start of March. MPs Stephen McPartland, Sir Oliver Heald QC and Peter Lilley are working with Hart Learning & Development, the business-facing arm of North Hertfordshire College, to make the case for apprenticeships and ask local businesses to make a commitment to recruit an apprentice.

Over 56 businesses have committed to investing in talent by offering an apprenticeship. Businesses of all sizes and across a range a sectors have got involved. Every business that commits to an apprenticeship – whether it’s their first or their fiftieth – gets a thank you pack with a love apprenticeships certificate and window sticker to display with pride.

The 100th apprenticeship was offered by Hertfordshire Football Association. They are looking to take on a business administration apprentice at their Letchworth offices. Hertfordshire FA’s Chief Executive, Vicki Askew said:

“We’re excited to invest in the future through the Love Apprenticeships scheme and eager to kick start the development of one young person’s career. This is the first time that the Hertfordshire FA will be bringing an apprentice on board, and whoever fills the position will play an invaluable role in helping to support the 700 clubs, 2,500 teams, and 35,000 diverse players currently enjoying the beautiful game in this county.”

Stephen McPartland presented one of the businesses supporting the love apprenticeships campaign with their thank you pack this week. Reids of Mayfair is a high-end property consultancy. They are currently recruiting for their first apprentice. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to start their career in business administration or in the property sector.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, said:

“100 apprenticeships created since we launched the Love Apprenticeships campaign is great progress. I have always encouraged businesses to support apprenticeships and I continue to do so. I hope to see this number rise even higher in the next few weeks. It’s great that a business like Reids of Mayfair is recognising the benefits investing in young people can bring to their business, by offering an apprenticeship for the first time. I wish them, and whoever secures this fantastic opportunity, the best of luck.”

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin, said:

“It is really encouraging to see so many local businesses, such as Bluebells, Tribemix and Needham House, backing the campaign and offering apprenticeships already. I look forward to seeing more businesses getting on board. I continue to encourage all businesses in Hitchin and Harpenden to create opportunities for young people by supporting the love apprenticeships campaign.”

Sir Oliver Heald QC, MP for North East Hertfordshire, said:

“Apprenticeships are equally powerful for businesses, young people and their families. I am delighted to see businesses are choosing to invest in talent through apprenticeships. The apprenticeships they are offering represent real opportunities for people in the local area to get into a career. I look forward to seeing how businesses such as Tewinbury Farm, Mails Boxes Etc and Caremark and their new apprentices get on in the coming months. ”

You can see all the businesses who have committed to offer an apprenticeship on the campaign website HERE . The campaign will culminate in a celebration and prize giving event at North Hertfordshire College in the summer – hosted by the three MPs.

Lucy Hann, Managing Director of Hart Learning & Development, said:

“The love apprenticeships campaign has started some great conversations with local businesses about how apprenticeships can help them realise their goals. 

It’s fantastic to see the love apprenticeships window stickers and certificates being proudly displayed by local businesses.”