Hatfield businesses pledge to create 14 apprenticeships after promotional event

PUBLISHED: 17:11 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 05 April 2017

Matt O'’Conner speaking at the Hatfield-based event

Matt O'’Conner speaking at the Hatfield-based event

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An apprenticeships event was held in Hatfield to promote their benefits to local businesses.

It was hosted by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Herts Growth Hub and the Beds and Herts Provider Network, and was attended by more than 75 delegates.

Following last month’s presentation, local employers pledged to create 14 new apprenticeships to take on new apprentices or improve existing workers’ skill sets.

Guests speakers included Matt O’Conner, managing director of Welwyn-based employer John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance.

He said: “Our business has enjoyed a huge amount of success with apprenticeships and I was delighted to have the opportunity to share that with other businesses in Hertfordshire.

“Challenging perceptions is often highlighted as an important part of promoting apprenticeships and I am always keen to show other employers just how beneficial they can be from a business perspective.”

MP Grant Shapps said: “The number of Welwyn Hatfield businesses in attendance at the event demonstrates their commitment to apprenticeships and their desire to use them to recruit skilled employees from the local area to grow and increase productivity.

“I hope and expect that more companies will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Welwyn’s award-winning John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance and provide excellent apprenticeship schemes to enhance their workforces.”

A Herts LEP spokesman said: “We are pushing forward with this to encourage businesses to introduce apprenticeships, get in touch with the relevant support network for advice, and be ready for the Apprenticeship Levy changes coming into play on April 6.”

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