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Iconic London Venues Help College Produce Inspiring Apprenticeships Films

[ 0 ] Mar. 20, 2013 | SBO Editor

Kensington and Chelsea College joined forces with some of London’s most iconic organizations to produce an inspiring video showcasing how apprenticeships change lives and businesses.

The five-minute film, shot at the V&A, was debuted at a networking event at the college’s multi-million pound Chelsea Centre, on March 12, in support of National Apprenticeship Week. Among those attending were employers connected to the college through its burgeoning apprenticeship programs, including The Science Museum, Historic Royal Palaces and the V&A.

Also attending and supporting the event was Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Anna Byers from the National Apprenticeship Service.

‘Apprenticeships At Work’ gave viewers a real-life insight into how apprenticeships have helped develop organisations and the business benefits gained from taking on apprentices.

The film can be viewed on: www.youtu.be/no3SCHntmnw

For an employer there are significant training and financial benefits to be gained from taking on an apprentice.  Apprentices can be more cost effective to a business, and tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them, which helps reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs. Apprentices are also trained on the job to develop specialist skills tailored towards specific business needs, giving organisations a greater competitive edge.

Music licensing company Rights Management International Ltd recently took on an apprentice through the college.

Managing Director Vicky Kostura, said:

“Our Apprentice Marlisa is our only member of admin staff so she has supplied an admin function to the company. She is a back-up to the rest of us, which had it not been for the Apprenticeship we wouldn’t have been able to afford.  It has been a big advantage to our company. I’d recommend Apprenticeships to other businesses.  We recruited our apprentice through Kensington and Chelsea College who also provided Marlisa with an excellent tutor to help her gain her Apprenticeship qualification.”

The college is also offering businesses, with less than 1000 employees, a £1500 government backed grant for each apprentice they take on aged 16-24, for up to ten apprentices. The grant is only available to businesses that haven’t taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months. For more information on this and the college’s work with businesses and apprenticeships please visit www.kcc.ac.uk/employers or call: 0207 573 5322. You can also email: kccworks@kcc.ac.uk

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