A new drive to get more apprentices

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Colleges across Lancashire have been marking national apprenticeship week with a host of events.

Runshaw Business Centre hosted an inspirational presentation by motivational guest speaker Damian Hughes. Business leaders as well as MPs have thrown their weight behind the campaign being run by Myerscough College.

‘My Apprentice 2012’ is a year-long campaign dedicated to increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities across both public and private sectors, with a specific focus on targeting the land based (agriculture, horticulture and sportsturf) and sports industries.

Guests from the public and private sector were treated to a full English breakfast in Myerscough College’s new ‘Richmond’s Restaurant’, including the chance to sample an award-winning sausage made by Myerscough College’s advanced apprentice for 2011 award winner, Daniel Standing, of Honeywell’s Farm Shop in Woodplumpton, Preston. Current and former apprentices attended the launch to share their experiences of the apprenticeship programmes run by Myerscough College.

Chef and local businessman Nigel Haworth said: “In partnership with Groundwork Pennine Lancashire and Myerscough College we are currently in the process of recruiting an apprentice to work on our organic gardens at Northcote.”

He added: “Nothing beats actual experience in the work place.

“Apprenticeships provide a cost effective way for businesses to recruit new staff; staff who are driven, ambitious and committed to working in the industry.”

Booths supermarket chain boss Edwin Booth said: “As patron it was a pleasure to help launch Myerscough’s campaign to increase apprenticeship opportunities across the North West.”

College principal, Ann Turner, said that through the campaign: “Myerscough College is demonstrating a commitment to increasing apprenticeship opportunities across the North West and nationally in the land based and sports industries.”