Celebrating Apprenticeships: A New Era

Vicky Kostura

Kensington and Chelsea College is throwing its support behind National Apprenticeship Week with an employer networking event highlighting real life stories of how apprenticeships have helped develop businesses.

Celebrating Apprenticeships: A New Era takes place at the college’s multi-million pound Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS, on Tuesday 12th March, from 3:45pm-6:00pm.

Anna Byers from the National Apprenticeship Service will feature as guest speaker and will talk about the business benefits of taking on an apprentice.

Employers are being invited to the event to see first-hand how businesses across the capital have successfully partnered with the college to recruit apprentices that can fill skills gaps and vacancies within their organisation.

As part of the event the college will also be holding the first screening of ‘Apprenticeships At Work‘ – an inspiring film celebrating some of the employers and apprentices the college currently works with.

For an employer there are significant training and financial benefits to be gained from taking on an apprentice. Apprentices can be more cost effective to a business, and tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them, which helps reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs. Apprentices are also trained on the job to develop specialist skills tailored towards specific business needs, giving organisations a greater competitive edge.

Music licensing company Rights Management International Ltd recently took on an apprentice through the college.

Managing Director Vicky Kostura, said “Our Apprentice Marlisa is our only member of admin staff so she has supplied an admin function to the company. She is a back-up to the rest of us, which had it not been for the Apprenticeship, we wouldn’t have been able to afford. It has been a big advantage to our company. I’d recommend Apprenticeships to other businesses. We recruited our apprentice through Kensington and Chelsea College, who also provided Marlisa with an excellent tutor to help her gain her Apprenticeship qualification.”

The college is also offering businesses, with less than 1000 employees, a £1500 government backed grant for each apprentice they take on aged 16-24, for up to ten apprentices. The grant is only available to businesses that haven’t taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months. For more information on this and the college’s work with businesses and apprenticeships please visit or call: 0207 573 5322.