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1000 Club Supporting Apprenticeship Development

17/12/2014
The 1000 Club is a member of a newly formed Plymouth Apprentice Manager Network that has been established to promote Apprenticeships across the City; share knowledge and good practice; work with the National Apprenticeship Service and other key strategic bodies to inform and influence policy; promote the employability of apprentices and their links tGroup member Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau recently organised an Apprentice Activity Day on behalf of the Group which was facilitated by Plymouth Volunteer Centre and took place at Tamar Grow Local, Blunt’s Lane Allotment site in Derriford. 
 
 
 
The aim of the event was to enable apprentices to contribute to a locally recognised community project, to meet apprentices from other organisations in the City, develop specific teamwork skills and engage with other employers. Nine apprentices took part in the day which was led by Simon Platten of Tamar Grow Local and supported by employer representatives from the participating organisations. The food grown as Blunt’s Lane Allotment food is used for soup runs and foodbanks across the City.
 
The Plymouth Apprentice Manager Network represents a diverse range of organisations throughout the City.  These organisations all employ apprentices the network members include: 1000 Club, Plymouth CAB; Plymouth City Council; Plymouth University; Visprings; Mi Space; Plymouth City Bus; Lang and Potter and The National Apprenticeship Service. This day has formed part of the Network’s first year work plan.  The aim of the Network is to promote Apprenticeships across the City; share knowledge and good practice; work with National Apprenticeship Service and other key strategic bodies to inform and influence policy; promote the employability of apprentices and their links to the world of work.
 
"The network is pleased to be contributing to making a community project a success, for the benefit of its client group. Our apprentices come from a range of private, public and voluntary organisations and will have an opportunity to develop team-working and planning skills, together with meeting their peers from other organisations. The experience will also broaden their knowledge of other organisations and positively improve their employability" Rob Bourne, Apprentice and Volunteer Manager Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau
 
“Mi Space engage with communities where we work. This has been a great opportunity to show what apprentices can do - a really worthwhile contribution to a project were immediate outcomes can be seen"Michelle Cole, Employer, Mi Space
 
“Good to see a noticeable difference to the allotment to enable food growing for the benefit of disadvantaged people" Joe Berryman, Apprentice, Plymouth Community Homes
“Great to engage with others in a different, non-work place environment” Jake Palmer, Apprentice, Lang and Potter)
 
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are an excellent way of bringing new talent into the profession as well as developing the skills of existing members of staff. They allow apprentices to combine employment and training – earning whilst they learn. Apprentices develop technical knowledge, through the study of a professional qualification, learn key employment skills and demonstrate their competence in the world of work. According the National Audit Office for every £1 spent on developing an apprentice, £18 is invested back into the local economy.
 
This event is the first one organised by the network and there will be more planned for 2015.  The network membership is expanding and its work will be aligned to both local and national economic and employment strategies.o the world of work. 
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