MP congratulates college as apprenticeship campaign passes target

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12 Jul 2013

A campaign to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days has been heralded as a “fantastic success” by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

Launched by Newcastle College in association with the National Apprenticeship Service, the recruitment drive exceeded its target by generating 102 apprenticeships with a further 13 trainees currently undertaking work trials.

The College has also created a further 48 apprenticeship vacancies and Mr Farrelly said the success of the campaign was a testament to the College and the positive response shown by local businesses.

“By working together we were able to reach and surpass the aspirations we had,” said Mr Farrelly, who spearheaded the campaign by writing to hundreds of employers to encourage their support.

He made his comments at an event held at the College on July 12 to mark the success of the campaign when he presented certificates to selected employers in recognition of their commitment and relationships with the College.

Addressing more than 30 local employers, Mr Farrelly said: “What this campaign has illustrated is the growing value that employers are now putting on apprenticeships as means of boosting their businesses by filling a skills gap through tailored vocational training.

“This is a route into employment that helps young people achieve their ambitions and also helps businesses and the wider economy to flourish,” he added.

Mr Farrelly is pictured at the event with award winner Celia Andrews, of St Thomas’ Nursery, and Vicky Boulton-Clarke, Head of Employer Engagement and Work based Learning.