Apprentice Gala Luncheon success!

The Gala Luncheon hosted by South West Regional Assessment Centre (SWRAC)  in conjunction with Job Centre Plus and the National Apprenticeship Service on Friday 10th February was a tremendous success.  The event, as part of National Apprenticeship Week, intended to raise awareness of the benefits of  training and apprenticeships within organisations. Whilst this is a serious topic, the event was both interesting & enjoyable with Nick Hewer (Lord Sugar’s right hand man from ‘The Apprentice’) providing a stimulating a poignant after luncheon speech.

SWRAC specialises in providing occupational training and apprenticeships to a wide range of individuals and organisations and, more recently, we have been working with Job Centre Plus to upskill those people who have recently become unemployed.  Our experience of working with those who are unemployed has shown that there are many people who are extremely enthusiastic, willing and able, with great personalities who have become unemployed simply because of the down-turn in the economy as a whole and through no fault of their own. In short, many of these people have the potential to make superb employees.

Progressive and enthusiastic Companies from around Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset attended the event and were very impressed with the calibre of the young people who were serving them and the quality of the training they had received.  All of the learners on the sector based work academy received interviews with the employers present, with most being offered a position on an Apprenticeship programme.

The luncheon event has certainly captured the imagination of many organisations in the area with formal announcements made by several local and national organisations about their new commitments to Apprenticeship programmes.

Nick Hewer commented:

“I was pleased to support this event as it gave a great opportunity for people to demonstrate their abilities and commitment to re-skill to match the needs of employers.

The novel approach to bringing together potential employees and employers in such a personal, informal and effective way was imaginative and laudable”.



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