Social housing regeneration specialist Forrest has been appointed as an Apprenticeship Ambassador by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).
Paul Rigby, learning and development manager, will join business leaders from organisations including Unilever, BAE Systems and Bentley Motors, to promote and encourage more companies in the North to consider introducing the qualification.
The group will meet regularly to debate the issues which affect the quality and effectiveness of apprenticeships, working with the Government, the NAS and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
As an Apprenticeship Ambassador, Paul will attend regional events and business forums to share best practice and advice about funding options to help firms hire and train more apprentices.
Through the new role he has also signed up as a volunteer with Inspiring the Future, a free service which sees people from all sectors engaging with schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and education. Its aim is to demonstrate the breadth of careers and study options available and inspire young people to reach their potential.
“Apprentices are the backbone of Forrest, and we are staunch believers that these qualifications can – and should – play an important role for any company looking to develop their workforce. Being appointed to this position is evidence that Forrest is seen as a leader in this field, and we will look hard to boost the number of quality apprenticeships offered across the UK.”