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APPRENTICESHIP NETWORK Apprenticeships: They really work If you are an employer, or a young person looking to build a career, this article is for you. T he Ealing Apprenticeship Network has been running for two years. It was set up by Ealing Council to help local businesses take on apprentices. By joining up to the network, your company would be part of an active association of local businesses and could benefit from ongoing support and the expertise amassed by the council’s own Apprentice Tanya Bailey and Clocktower Café owner Morna Mcauley very successful apprenticeship scheme. ‘It’s the way forward’ On 2 July, If you are Tejpal Rayit’s Southall-based security the Ealing an employer company Rayitson Communications Apprenticeship and have not Harminder Sahota, of Rayitson was one of the original businesses to Network will hold yet got involved Communications join the network in 2012. its annual dinner for with the network, get His current apprentice Harminder members, which is a in touch and the Ealing Sahota is 19, is simultaneously priceless opportunity to build Apprenticeship Network team studying electrical engineering contacts and gain knowledge. will help with the rest. at college. He said: “It’s great. I The council ran a ‘100-in-100’ campaign Should an apprentice be think apprenticeships are the way between September and December last successfully identified and placed forward and I didn’t consider going year, encouraging firms to pledge 100 with you, there is continuing support to university. You can get a head apprenticeships in 100 days. But this for you, and for the apprentice, to start with a career and get further, total was surpassed and it finished at 167 make sure everyone is getting the quicker by gaining job experience.” pledged positions. most out of the placement. 12 around ealing Summer 2014