Employers of all sizes are really stepping up and embracing their learning and development responsibilities.
That’s the message from Greater Manchester Chamber member Susanna Lawson, Chief Executive of learning and development software business OneFile. Susanna was a judge at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards, a national event held in Birmingham last week. Celebrating the best of British Asian Apprentices, their employers and training providers, the event was developed by Pathway Group in response to the low take up of apprenticeships within the British Asian community.
Susanna and a team of expert judges considered over 300 nominations in a number of sector categories. Winners included young people working at international organisations such as BAE Systems, the BBC and RAF as well as much smaller employers.
Susanna continued: “It’s tough to get small businesses to invest in skills for the future, because they are so busy with the day to day, but apprenticeships are a great way of engaging with employers. Reading the entries, we could see that apprentices are really having a positive impact on their employers, and I commend those small businesses that are stepping up by employing talented apprentices in all disciplines.”
Susanna wants to encourage more employers to invest in apprenticeships and showcase those from Asian communities. As a member of Greater Manchester Chamber, she would love to see more entries from the North West. ‘We started our business here in Manchester, and it’s grown from a two-man band in our back bedroom in Burnage to a national company based in the city centre. We’ve always championed apprenticeships, so I would love to see local businesses get involved and nominate their staff for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards. It’s a great cause and a fantastic way to celebrate diverse talent in the region.’