Young Apprentices from teacher recruitment agency
Young Apprentices from teacher recruitment agency meet Andrew Mitchell during Apprentice Week
MP Andrew Mitchell visited supply teaching agency in Sutton Coldfield, Aspire People, to meet two apprentices and speak to them about their experiences.
Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield, popped in to the town to visit Aspire People and two of Birmingham Metropolitan College’s star apprentices.
Whilst there Mr Mitchell met Vanessa Gale, who started at education recruitment agency, Aspire People, in 2009 at the age of 17. Marc Hughes, joined the supply teaching agency in August 2012 at 22.
Vanessa is now a highly successful compliance administrator in the business while Marc has recently been appointed to a permanent position in administration and payroll.
Marc has already made a huge difference, including carrying out a cost analysis of the business which has led to thousands of pounds being saved.
MP Andrew Mitchell is a keen supporter of Sutton Coldfield apprenticeships and in particular for those aged 16-18 for whom it offers a way to earn while they learn.
Andrew Mitchell MP, said: “There are record numbers of people taking up an Apprenticeship, with a million people starting one in the last few years. Across Sutton Coldfield 720 people started an Apprenticeship in the academic year 2011-2012, and another 250 have started in the first quarter of this academic year.
“This Government is investing in Apprenticeships to ensure that the UK has the skills we need to compete in the world and I want to encourage more local businesses to take Aspire People’s lead and take advantage of the Apprenticeship programme run by the College.”
Michaela Powell, managing director and owner of Aspire People, said: “So far Aspire People have had the pleasure of working with two apprentices and we have been blown away by both.
“The apprenticeship scheme we developed with Birmingham Metropolitan College has been a resounding success not only for our business but for the young individuals that are flourishing through our company.
“The reason I set up my own company was to make a difference to the people around me, not only does this scheme give something back to my business but I can give something back to young people just looking for that head start in life.”
Corrie Harris, director of business development at Birmingham Metropolitan College, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn while they learn and continuing to study.
“They can also be a fast-track to business success, as both Marc and Vanessa have shown at Aspire People.”
Aspire People specialises in teacher recruitment for primary, secondary and SEN schools and is based in Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield. The company wanted to give something back to the community and approached Birmingham Metropolitan College about establishing an apprenticeship scheme.