As the owner of an influential SME within the South-East region, our MD Tim Rapley was invited to attend an event held at The House of Commons earlier this week, hosted by the EFSA to discuss T Level and Apprenticeships within the South East region. The event was held in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses and the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network at the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons.
Invited by MP Apprenticeship Ambassador Gillian Keegan (Con, Chichester), the purpose was to hear from a wide spectrum of the South East SME business community about topics such as apprenticeship engagement, as well as feedback on the plans for the new T Levels. The event was also to understand the ability of SMEs offering meaningful and structured industry placements as part of the Technical Level offer for 16-18 year olds from September 2020 in Construction, Education & Childcare, and Digital routes.
Talks were held by Mike Cherry, the FSB National Chair, and Gillian to discuss how employers can gain a competitive advantage by connecting in greater numbers with apprenticeships; and how T Levels can enable young people to gain the transferable skills and experience that they need to progress in their careers.
Tim Rapley commented: “Having sat on the panel for the NPL Apprentices Metrology Trailblazer and as an influential business owner within the metrology industry, we are eager to support future generations of engineers. As part of this education Physical Digital pay visits to schools, UTC’s, colleges and universities providing an overview and giving demonstrations of our industry leading 3D scanning technology.”
“The event was well attended by business representatives and education providers from the South East, along with Apprentice Ambassadors and representatives from the Department for Education & Skills. We had an over view from Gillian on what the government is doing pre and post launch of this program. Talks were also given by Mike Cherry supporting the SME, plus presentations on number on a case studies for apprentices of all ages and academic backgrounds.”
“I was introduced to Gillian and to several people on her team who were overseeing the roll out and implementation of this program and they were very interested to understand more from our experience as a SME. My son Zak Rapley, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship scheme with Mondelez (Cadbury), also attended and provided an overview of his experience of the apprenticeship system so far. It was a pleasure to be invited and kept up-to-date with the latest developments of this program and we look forward to supporting apprentices in the future.”