The College of West Anglia
15.03.2017

Apprenticeship bus arrives in Lynn!

THE SIGNPOST 2 SKILLS BUS VISITS KING’S LYNN

From 10 to 17 March, a new bus route came into action across our region, to raise awareness of apprenticeships.
Stopping at a range of locations in the King’s Lynn area, including Springwood High School and Alive Leisure Lynnsport on Wednesday and Morrisons in Wisbech on Thursday, the bus welcomed a wide range of visitors on board to #JoinTheJourney.

The Signpost 2 Skills bus is touring the area to help promote the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities on offer to both businesses and young people. It will be manned by an expert crew of apprenticeship providers, members of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP’s own Signpost 2 Skills team, and local apprentices who can share their experiences first-hand with visitors.

Neil Darwin, Chief Executive at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, explains: “Apprenticeships provide both young people and businesses with a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and develop their staff. With such a wide range of different apprenticeships available, almost every business could benefit from taking on an apprentice to help their company to grow. We hope that as many young people and employers #JoinTheJourney by hopping on board our bus and speaking to one of our experts.”

Companies in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP area are already embracing apprenticeships well, with the area 2.9% up for new apprentice starts, which is 1% above the targeted increase of 1.9% for the area set by the Government.

Vicky Mann, Head of Apprenticeships & Work Based Learning at CWA, said: “This has been a great opportunity for young people in the area to come along and speak to the experts about taking that next big step, after finishing secondary school. It’s also been a chance for local employers to explore the option of taking on an apprentice.”