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MD Lewis Sweet Talks About Apprentices #BlazingATrail

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MD Lewis Sweet Talks About Apprentices #BlazingATrail

Meet our apprentices as they #BlazeATrail during National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2019. 

The goverments' 12th Annual National Apprenticeship Week is aimed at challenging the outdated views many may still have about apprenticeships. Running all this week from 4th-8th March 2019 the theme of the National Apprenticeship Service campaign for this year is #BlazeATrail where they are asking employers to #FireItUp with apprenticeships. 


In a statement at the campaign launch, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, said: 

"Blazing a trail is what being an apprentice is all about and will be our theme for National Apprenticrship Week 2019. Because that's what's happening up and down the country- apprentices and employers blazing a trail". 

Ann continued "I want everyone to recognise the change that apprenticeships can bring- for employers blazing a trail to new markets, apprentices to new career opportunities and for colleges and training provider raising the skills levels for everyone". 


At H Sweet and Sons (HSS) we are proud of our heritage and the fact apprenticeships have been a key aspect of our recruitment processes over the last 40 years. We are delighted to see the high profile support the government is giving to bring attention to the large number of high-quality apprenticeship opportunities, available at all levels around the country, in a variety of industry sectors. 

We currently have four superb apprentices with us at our Nailsea office, Amy Dowling (click here to see Amy's apprenticeship story) our Accounts Assistant, currently studying for her AAT Level 4. Molly Hutcheson (click here to see Molly's apprenticeship story) our Business Admin Assistant, studying for her Business Administration Level 2. Phocus Lwando (click here to see Phocus' apprenticeship story) undertaking his Level 2.1 apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. And Tina Yarde, our Accounts Manager studying for her ACCA Level 7 (click here to see Tina's apprenticeship story). 

I started working for HSS when I was 16 as an apprentice carpenter, the idea of work-based learning very much appealed to me as you were earning while gaining a skill. I worked in many different areas of carpentry and across many different sites, this gave me a well-rounded experience and meant, on completion of my apprenticeship journey, I was able to progress in to other areas of construction. I valued the time of my apprenticeship as it shaped and prepared me for my career in construction, helping me develop from a school leaver into a construction professional. 

As I have personally been on the apprenticeship journey, I see and understand the value and benefits that new talent brings to the industry. The fresh ideas and embracing of new technologies are as important today as they were when I started. We need to continue to promote and encourage fresh talent in to the industry to be able to cope with the challenges of digital literacy and an ageing workforce. 


To find out more see the National Apprenticeship Service LinkedIn page.

Our latest news and our apprentices can be seen on our website here.

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