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Access Training celebrates its apprentices to mark National Apprenticeship Week

Nine in 10 of apprentices that have worked with Access Training over the past five years have remained in employment beyond the first 12 months, according to new figures released by the organisation.

The Nottinghamshire-based training provider has helped apprentices complete more than 9,000 qualifications during that time.

Access Training apprentice Terri-Ann France

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, the Chamber strategic partner reported its achievement rates - which measure the success of completed apprenticeships - at 75%, which outperforms the 64.7% national average.

Two of its most recent success stories particularly resonate during the Covid-19 crisis.

Terri-Ann France’s early experience of homelessness led to her apprenticeship in Housing and her role as temporary accommodation officer at Nottingham City Homes.

Georgia Page’s clinical skills apprenticeship was also the stepping stone to qualifying this month with a first class honours degree in nursing.

Corrina Hembury, managing director of Access Training, said: “Individual success stories aside, there are still some employers that have yet to tap into benefits that an apprenticeship can bring, both for new and existing staff members. We marked this year’s National Apprenticeship Week by publishing a series of infographics to bring home the reasons why apprenticeships are a smart commercial choice.

“The Centre for Economics and Business Research reports that an apprenticeship will deliver productivity gains of some £10,000 per year, with 78% of employers indicating that their apprenticeships have improved productivity within the business. It makes for a very compelling case to get involved and to use apprenticeships as the route out of slow recovery within our region.”