Baker brother backs college apprenticeships
TV chef Tom Herbert joined apprentices and employers yesterday to celebrate the start of National Apprenticeships Week.
The group met at the Royal Marriott Hotel where a luncheon was held.
Mr Herbert, a former apprentice at Brunel College – now the City of Bristol College, praised schemes which provide students with practical training and qualifications.
The star of the Fabulous Baker Brothers, who has taken on five apprentices himself, said it was "absolutely critical" for businesses and their industries to take on young trainees.
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He added that the schemes built a sound basis for the next generation of talent and boosted staff retention rates.
Head of apprenticeships at City of Bristol College Claire Arbery said yesterday's event was a celebration of successful placements in local businesses such as Airbus.
She added that companies are being encouraged to support apprentices and gain from the benefits instead of seeing them as a burden.
This year marks the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week. The week is designed to celebrate their positive impact on individuals, businesses and the economy.
â The Post is carrying a special pull-out supplement to mark National Apprentice week on Wednesday.