York & North Yorkshire LEP employer event showcases benefits of apprenticeships

11 February 2021

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership hosted an online event to support this year’s National Apprenticeship Week running from 8-14th February.


Working in partnership with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and local businesses Aviva and Ellis Patents, it showcased the benefits that businesses and apprentices can gain from apprenticeships.


Key messages included that apprenticeships are for everyone, not just young people with Aviva sharing that their eldest apprentice is 68 years old. Danny MacFarlane, MD of Ellis Patents talked about how apprenticeships are available at different levels from Level 2 up to Level 7, as well as in a variety of disciplines so provide plenty of different pathways and routes to progression. At Ellis, through apprenticeships, people can develop their skills and progress to gain Chartered Engineer status which benefits their business. Danny also commented that “an apprenticeship is no longer the poor relation” to other pathways and that quality apprenticeship provision in the region is helping to dispel that negative perception.


The LEP launched its updated Employers Apprenticeship Toolkit. This is aimed at helping businesses understand how apprenticeships can be used to enable them to fill their skills gaps and achieve their growth aspirations. It can now be downloaded from https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/resources/free-download-apprenticeship-toolkit/.


Presentations from today’s session can be accessed here:






You can also access a recording of the full session from here:



For more information on Apprenticeships, contact Bev Trees at the LEP [email protected] .

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