• The scheme was launched in March 2015 at the start of National Apprenticeship week at a breakfast hosted by BAE Systems in Rochester. Medway 100 in 2015 is a joint initiative between the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), Medway Education Business Partnerships, Kent Association of Training Providers and Medway Council.

    The council has pledged £100,000 of support to employers taking on an apprentice for the first time during 2015. The scheme aims to get one hundred people into apprenticeships and runs until October 2015 when it will come to a close at the Construction, Engineering and Design Expo at the Kent Event centre, Detling.

    It aims to deliver high quality apprenticeships locally, offering people aged 18 to 24 the opportunity to earn while they learn in a real job.

    The campaign is also intended to support the development of local businesses and encourage more organisations to take on apprentices.

    As you may be aware, Medway is set for extensive regeneration over the coming years. Made up of the towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood, it is made up of a diverse community together with valuable business platforms and education establishments. We hope that this investment will help boost the economy, job prospects and address skills shortages for those living, working and trading in the Medway area.

    So what benefits can apprentices bring to your business?

    • Improve your bottom line
    • Increase productivity
    • Help retain employees
    • Help improve the performance of existing staff
    • Enable staff to obtain a recognised qualification
    • Combat the effect of an aging population
    • Help avoid skills gaps in the future
    • Help install company values and good practice among employees
    • Reduce training costs
    • Bring new and fresh ideas to your business
    • Create managers for the future

    Local businesses thinking about taking on an apprentice in 2015 under this scheme should contact NAS on 08000 150 600 and quote the campaign code, Medway 100.

    For advice around the legal implications of taking on an apprentice please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also find our fact sheet on apprenticeships and FAQ’s of interest

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