Anna Morrison at Apprenticeship Event

Speakers made the case for apprenticeships from the business perspective, demystified apprenticeship funding and new Levy, outlined the 'Disability Confident' scheme and how to recruit and retain staff from a wider pool of talent, gave accounts of their positive experiences as apprentices and explained the network of support available in Hertfordshire for employers interested in apprenticeships.

As a direct result of the event employers pledged to create 14 new apprenticeships either to take on new apprentices or upskill existing workers.

Faye Dean, an apprentice at GlaxoSmithKline, said: “I was happy to share my apprenticeship journey with employers in Hertfordshire. Everybody was so positive in their feedback and enthusiastic in their conversations with me. I hope it showed them the benefits apprenticeships can bring both for apprentices like me and to businesses.”

Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, said: “The number of Welwyn Hatfield businesses in attendance at the event demonstrates their commitment to apprenticeships and their desire to use them to recruit skilled employees from the local area to grow and increase productivity. I hope and expect that more companies will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Welwyn’s award-winning John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance and provide excellent apprenticeship schemes to enhance their workforces.”

Matt O’Conner, Managing Director of John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, said: “Our business has enjoyed a huge amount of success with apprenticeships and I was delighted to have the opportunity to share that with other businesses in Hertfordshire. Challenging perceptions is often highlighted as an important part of promoting apprenticeships and I am always keen to show other employers just how beneficial they can be from a business perspective.”

Roger Boddy, CEO of Global Teleports, said: “I was particularly impressed by the two apprentices who spoke and I hope their enthusiasm and poise are rewarded by their employers and that they go on to secure careers in their chosen field. It was encouraging to see both keen young apprentices andthe network of support available to businesses thinking about taking on an apprentice.”

Read the full press release here.

If you would like to make an apprenticeship pledge or simply make an enquiry about apprenticeships please contact Hertfordshire Growth Hub: