On Tuesday 5th March 2019, the Croydon Works Partnership hosted #ChooseDayTuesday in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, and this year we were thrilled to be a part of it.
Hosted at Croydon College, #ChooseDayTuesday ran a programme of events that engaged schools, local businesses and local residents to shed light on the benefits of apprenticeships.
Our day kicked off at 10am with the Schools Exhibition, which consisted of interactive workshops, some led by the amazing students at Croydon College - the manicure massage bar was a hit! Students from our local secondary schools had the chance to talk to employers such as HMRC and the London Fire Brigade about their futures and the apprenticeship opportunities available to them when they leave school. The students also had the pleasure of hearing from Councillor Alisa Flemming, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Learning. We are incredibly thankful to Councillor Flemming, and this is what she had to say about the day "I was blessed to speak to a room full of inspiring young people at the launch of ChooseTuesday providing information about apprenticeships & the opportunity to earn whilst u learn. The energy & zeal for life was inspiring.. thank you".
Next Up, the Business Networking Lunch! Local businesses had the opportunity to come and learn all about apprenticeships and how they can positively affect them. We had a group of fantastic speakers and panellists such as Councillor Toni Letts, Councillor Manju Shahal-Hameed, Nick Price (Associate Director - Mulalley & Co Ltd) and Apprentice Claire Kasozi, to take questions from our guests, of which we had over 100!
Launch of 100 in 100
Our Business Lunch saw the launch of the 100 in 100 campaign, which aims for to place 100 apprentices in 100 days - to employers across Croydon. Croydon Council are leading the way, pledging to create 20 new apprenticeships, and urged employers to similar changes. Director of Economic Growth, Emma Lindsell, and Councillor Manju put the pledge to the businesses and we received over 50 pledges on the day! So we would like to commend and thank those businesses who got involved.
Our day ended with a free public exhibition, where residents could circulate and chat with local employers to talk about opportunities and training, as well as networking themselves! It was a busy but great afternoon
The Croydon Works Partnership would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the students, employers, residents and everyone else that helped out to make this day fantastic. We hope you all found it informative, and it has demonstrated the many wonderful benefits of apprenticeships.
“Chooseday Tuesday has been fantastic. We’ve had so much interest from all members of the community – from those in education to business owners to members of the public interested in trying something new" - Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs