Anchor has been praised by a leading apprenticeship chief during the organisation’s special ceremony to mark National Apprenticeships Week (NAW) which runs from 14 to 18 March 2016.

David Way CBE, former CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, was the guest speaker at the event in Bradford on 16 March to highlight the great work the apprentices have done since the launch of Anchor’s scheme in June last year.

Following the launch of the Anchor Apprenticeship Academy last year, 50% of the Apprentices have secured full time roles within their locations, with the rest set to secure roles as soon as they become available. The Anchor Apprenticeship Academy offers 16 to 24 year olds the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care, Business Administration or Customer Service within one of our 120 care homes, 900 retirement housing properties or support services offices in England. 

Mr Way said: "The Anchor Apprenticeship Programme is clearly producing motivated and impressive young people who are showing great commitment to their work.

“It is obvious that Anchor and Learndirect have put a great deal of thought and care into the design of the training and development of the Apprentices who are thriving as a result. 

“Bringing the Apprentices together for joint activities and encouraging them to network among themselves provides extra support that they need and appreciate. This is an Apprenticeship that is much sought after and it is easy to see why that is the case.”

Anchor’s Apprentices were together on the 16th March for their 3rd away day during which they completed a series of challenges out and about in Bradford City Centre to raise awareness of the opportunities available in Anchor and Health & Social Care. 

Dorothy Alexander, Anchor’s Apprenticeship Advisor, and some of our Apprentices from the organisation’s Birmingham care homes also attended a NAW 2016 event at Solihull College on Thursday (17 March) to promote Apprenticeships and Anchor to young people. 

Anchor have just recruited for their second apprenticeship intake of 30 young people, all of whom start on either 22 and 23 March. 

Ellie O’Grady, from Manchester, is the first Apprentice to join the programme following the successful completion of her traineeship programme which included two weeks’ work-skills training and five weeks’ work experience in a variety of roles within our Israel Sieff Care Home. 

Katie Rankin, Anchor’s Qualifications and Apprenticeships Manager, said: “The quality of Apprentices coming through this programme has been outstanding. The young talent coming into the business through this programme has helped to invigorate our business and the lives of our customers. We are so proud to see how they are progressing and look forward to welcoming our new apprentices who start with us next week.” 

Anchor sit on the Apprenticeship Trailblazer group for Health & Social Care helping to shape the future of Apprenticeships in the sector. 

Find more information about apprenticeships and careers with Anchor here.

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