The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been actively supporting the Young Apprenticeship in Business and Administration programme in Stevenage since its inception three years ago.

The programme has been very successful in providing the Young Apprentices with a taste of real work and in helping them develop essential business administration skills and knowledge whilst working towards an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification).

 

To date this scheme has helped just over a hundred students gain around 50 days each of invaluable work experience and this will assist them greatly when they enter the world of work.

 

The many businesses that have supported the scheme have found it a rewarding experience and have also found that once the student has been inducted they benefit from having an enthusiastic additional member of staff.

 

The other benefit for businesses is that they can play a significant part in helping equip young people for future employment as well as helping nurture and develop their own future workforce. One of last year’s students has already been offered, and is taking up, a permanent position with the organisation that provided him with work experience.   

 

Due to the success of the programme the number of participants has been growing each year and the Chamber recently secured 29 work placements for the students in this year’s cohort. In 2007/8 two additional schools, Barnwell in Stevenage and The Priory Hitchin, will also have students participating in the scheme increasing the size of that year’s cohort to nearly 60 students.

 

The Chamber plays an active role in helping improve skills levels across Hertfordshire and to find out more about how you can get involved, or how your business can help support the Young Apprenticeship programme, please contact John McBride on 01707 398400 or johnmcbride@hertschamber.com.