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University hosts information and networking event to support National Apprenticeship Week

Carmel Grant, Deputy Director of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), will be among the speakers at University of Gloucestershire’s 2024 National Apprenticeship Week information and networking event.

Themed around ‘Skills for Life’, the event will showcase the benefits of higher and degree apprenticeships to all businesses, highlight how employers can set up apprenticeships to meet their business needs, and provide information about how the Apprenticeship Levy is enabling businesses to offer apprenticeships.

headshot of Carmel Grant

Carmel (pictured left), who leads the development programmes for T Levels, Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs and post-16 qualifications at IfATE, will present a talk entitled ‘Apprenticeships – the national context and future development’.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Clare Marchant, will present ‘Connections for Growth – Business, Skills and a Thriving Gloucestershire’, while there will be panel discussion about apprenticeships by Clare Vertigen from South West Apprenticeship Company, Matt Tudge (Business West), Sarah Taylor-Phillips (Career Voyage) and Rob Pickup (Gloucestershire Careers Hub).

The information and networking event takes place on Wednesday 7 February between 2pm and 5pm, as part of National Apprenticeship Week (5 to 11 February) at the University’s Oxstalls Campus.

Tickets for the exhibition are free but must be booked in advance. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr Polly Pick, the University’s Director of Business Engagement and Partnership, said: “This year, the theme nationally is ‘skills for life’ and we will be reflecting this in our agenda by looking at how apprenticeships and ‘returnerships’ can offer opportunities for individuals of all ages, as well as the benefits for employers and the wider economy.

“We are delighted to announce that this year’s event will bring together employers, schools and apprenticeship providers to help encourage increased collaboration.

“As a provider of degree apprenticeships ourselves, we’re delighted to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week and highlighting the benefits to employers within the region.”