Apprenticeship provider champions top mentors on national awareness day

The largest provider of apprenticeships in the Thames Valley has today (27 October) given their nod of approval to a national awareness day, celebrating the importance of mentors.

Activate Enterprise – part of the Activate Learning group – is backing National Mentoring Day, an event launched to celebrate mentoring, raising awareness of its benefits.

The apprenticeship provider – who fill over 1,000 vacancies across the region each year – hope that by celebrating National Mentoring Day, more young people will be encouraged to consider signing-up to an apprenticeship and be mentored by a host of leading professionals.

Pablo Lloyd – Chief Executive of Activate Enterprise – said: “For young people either considering or currently completing apprenticeships, it is so important to have a great mentor; someone they can relate to, look up to and help navigate a demanding stage in their early working life.

“We talk about ‘growing people, growing business’ – developing employees in the right way develops a business at the same time. Mentoring is one of the catalysts that makes that happen.

“By celebrating National Mentoring Day, we hope that we can demonstrate – through apprenticeships – that young people can ‘get in’ and go far with some of the UK’s biggest and brightest companies. But also, businesses have an opportunity to mentor some great new talent too.”

This year’s National Mentoring Day bears real significance too, as it’s the last mentoring day prior to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

The Levy – earmarked at 0.5% of a company’s payroll (which is in excess of £3 million per year) – is expected to raise £3 billion a year nationally to fund three million apprenticeships across the UK.

Pablo Lloyd added: “An apprenticeship is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining real skills and knowledge. The Apprenticeship Levy presents businesses with a real opportunity to invest in future talent.

“It is also an opportunity to impart great knowledge and experience down to a new generation of workforce – therefore, there has never been a better time for businesses to start apprenticeship schemes and – in the process – become great mentors too.”

Read some of our apprentices’ stories, including the importance of great mentors.

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For more information – and to arrange an interview/photo opportunity – please contact Rob Panting, Activate Learning’s Group Marketing Business Partner, via: 01865 551930, or email: rob.panting@activatelearning.ac.uk.

Staff celebrate success at away day

Colleagues from across the Activate Enterprise team gathered at Reading College last Friday (21 October) for its latest staff away day, celebrating success across the organisation.

The event saw staff – as well as business partners from Activate Learning – gather to look at how the soon-to-be introduced Apprenticeship Levy will create opportunities for Activate Enterprise and budding apprentices from across the Thames Valley.

In addition, the event was also a chance for the organisation to honour colleagues from across all areas of Activate Enterprise, with several staff being awarded a limited edition ‘Purple Pin’ – part of its peer-to-peer recognition scheme, acknowledging outstanding achievement.

Award winners at the latest event were assessor Jacqueline Cash, client manager and PA Stephanie Graham, administrator Ciera Kent and assessor Alan Vallis – each rewarded for valuable contributions across the organisation over the past three months.

For more information on work opportunities with Activate Enterprise, head to our ‘work for us‘ page.