The Counci previously worked on the Erasmus Programme which came to an end in Summer 2018

The Council delivered the Get In, Go Far with Apprenticeships Event alongside international project partners from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany and Poland, on Wednesday 27 June, to share the outputs from the ‘Increasing SME Engagement in Apprenticeships Project’, funded via Erasmus+. The international Partners shared details of their own apprenticeship systems as well as best practice examples of support available to SMEs in their home countries.

Delegates heard from key speakers representing Nottingham Trent University, The East Midlands Ambassadors Network, The Young Apprentice Ambassadors Network and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership on UK apprenticeship reforms one year on, the benefits apprenticeships bring to SMEs, the support available and the challenges that remain.

There were two thought provoking question and answer panel discussions providing the audience with the opportunity to ask SMEs and the key speakers about their experiences and what is next for apprenticeships.

The following SMEs that participated in the Q&A panel:

  • Lee Drury – Drury Joinery Services Ltd (Video)
  • Rebecca Marshall – Woodthorpe Tree Services
  • Marcus Baker - MCB Plumbing & Heating
  • Jack Warren – Redhill Academy Trust
  • Richard Hill – Bonsers Restoration & CITB Ambassador

Below you can find the agenda, copies of all presentations delivered during the day, video links, as well as the SME case studies produced for the project.

View Agenda

Background Information

Speaker Biographies

View Presentations

Case Studies


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