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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities, Housing

Young professionals highlight apprenticeship opportunities Young professionals highlight apprenticeship opportunities

A trio of young professionals from Worcester hosted a unique event in the city this week to help raise awareness of apprenticeships for local schools and businesses.

‘Apprentifix’ was hosted and organised by two former apprentices and a graduate trainee from Worcestershire-based housing and care provider Sanctuary Group.

With the help of Fixers, a charity which helps young people get their voices heard, the event provided an opportunity for local schools and businesses to hear about apprenticeship schemes in Worcestershire and the opportunities available to young people through these programmes.

Speaking at the event were representatives from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Apprenticeship Service and Worcestershire Group Training Association, as well as a number of apprentices and former apprentices from local businesses.

This included young Hannah Astbury-Jones, an information systems apprentice at Sanctuary Group. Hannah told a heart-warming story of how she was forced to change her education and career plans when, as a teenager, she became a carer to both her mother and father.  

She commented: “I am honoured that others can be inspired by my story and although I never expected to take the path I am on today, it has made me a better person and helped me develop personally and professionally. School graduates need to realise that university is not the only option anymore, there is a huge world out there full of life-changing apprenticeships and volunteer schemes which can launch their careers in ways that university may not be able to.”

Robin Walker MP endorsed the young professionals’ efforts by putting together a short video for the event which outlined  the benefits of apprenticeships to employers.

Those attending the event not only heard from a number of apprentices, they also received valuable guidance on setting up their own apprenticeship schemes, how to access significant funding from government agencies, and the wide range of support now available to them.

Meera Murali, one of Sanctuary’s graduate trainees and co-organiser of the event, said: “We are extremely pleased with how well the Apprentifix event went as it was evident our guests were genuinely interested in the stories and messages our speakers delivered.

“We really hope that people will spread the message about apprenticeships in the county further, and that our Apprentifix films and event will help and inspire employers and young people to look at apprenticeships as a serious route into meaningful employment.”

Sanctuary has provided £75,000 funding to Fixers to support projects for residents and staff in locations across England and Scotland, which are led by young people aged 16 – 25.

Fixers is a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better. The Fixers project has already supported over 11,000 young people to have an authentic voice in their community. Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need - such as films, websites or print work - to make their chosen project a success.

If you are interested in receiving any more information about the Apprentifix project please contact Meera Murali at meera.murali@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or call her on 01905 334738.

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