Trailblazers Apprentices Invited to Downing Street to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 24th March 2014

Two Trailblazers Apprentices, trained by Derby-based Babington Group, visited No. 10 Downing Street recently, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Holly Anderson, 23, and James Jenkins, aged 19, were both delighted and proud to receive personal invitations from the Prime Minister, inviting them to an exclusive reception at No. 10 to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in Apprenticeships.

Holly is employed by Devereaux Montague LLP, and James with Cheltenham Independent Financial Advisors, and are both studying Financial Services, Level 2.

Both companies are part of a group of employers taking part in ‘Trailblazers’.
Trailblazers is a group of companies working together to develop Apprenticeship standards, and is made up of well-known businesses (including; BAE, National Grid, Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle and Rolls-Royce, to name a few), as well as the small to medium sized businesses that supply these companies.

Devereaux Montague LLP Apprentice, Holly Anderson
Cheltenham Independent Financial Advisors Apprentice, James Jenkins.

On the Day

During the event, the Trailblazers Apprentices were introduced to Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, who took the opportunity to thank employers for their commitment to developing future Apprenticeship standards.

Speaking of the visit, Holly said:

I was privileged and delighted to be one of the Trailblazers Apprentices invited to No. 10. It gave me an opportunity to promote Apprenticeships, and not only why they are a great career opportunity, but also to highlight the businesses who work tirelessly to help people like me succeed. It’s definitely a memory I’ll never forget! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my employers for providing me with this amazing opportunity, along with the Babington Group for their help and guidance with my training.

James added:

The whole day at Downing Street was a remarkable and enlightening experience, which provided me new knowledge into my chosen field of finance, as well as having an unforgettable day to look back upon.

Carole Carson, CEO of the Babington Group, said:

I’m so pleased to see some of our SME employers having the opportunity to have input on how the new Apprenticeship standards will develop for the future, and what a great opportunity for two of our young Trailblazers Apprentices to have at the beginning of their careers.

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