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Date: 01/03/2017

As next week is the 10th National Apprenticeship week, it is appropriate to reflect upon the role of apprentices in business.

Many companies have discovered the benefits of employing an apprentice firsthand; it was good to hear about Malvern Instruments’ apprenticeship programme which was featured on national news. ISO Quality Services in Worcester are also a pioneer for apprenticeships, recently having been recognised as Highly Commended in the Small Employer of the Year category at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
At the Chamber, we have employed several apprentices who have remained within the organisation and continue to play a vital part in our team, showing dedication and contributing innovative ideas. Mike Ashton, Chief Executive, began his own career as an apprentice, which he says provided him with real experience of working life and key skills.
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is responsible for delivering the Apprentices in Business Group, a networking club for young professionals in Worcestershire aged between 18 and 24. The group is a great way for apprentices to meet like minded people, learn business skills and share best practice. Events take place bimonthly – for more information visit the website or email

To celebrate the 10th National Apprenticeship week, a world record attempt is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 7 March for the largest online careers advice seminar ever. Introduced by Robert Halfon, the Minister for Apprenticeships, the webinar will focus on career options including apprenticeships. It will combine commissioned films by, and with apprentices, as well as featuring a live Q&A from expert advisors. To register for the webinar, visit