Holts Academy to celebrate apprenticeship pilot scheme success

Holts Academy has announced it will host an event celebrating the success of 14 apprentices recruited through the Holts Birmingham ‘apprenticeship pilot scheme’.

The event, which will be held on May 14 at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, will give local employers a chance to network and find out how simple it is to employ an apprentice.

Fiona Toye, of Birmingham manufacturer Toye, Kenning & Spencer, will be speaking about her firm’s experience of employing an apprentice, followed by a brief ceremony for the apprentices who will also be showcasing some of their work.

Lee Lucas, CEO and principal of Holts Academy, said: “The Birmingham apprenticeship pilot, launched in spring 2013, has been a huge success with companies such as Domino, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Wardle and Sons, Thomas Fattorini and Gladman Norman employing apprentices for the first time in more than a generation.

“This event will celebrate these businesses and the talented young people that have completed the first year of their apprenticeship, as well as provide inspiration to other businesses and young people.”

From September the apprenticeship offering will be expanded to include a variety of subjects including jewellery manufacture, CAD/CAM, design, silversmithing, polishing, enamelling and marketing.

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