Apprentices Advocate Working in Local Government

4th July 2018

At the “Blasting Through the Barriers” event at Duxford on 5th June we were delighted to welcome Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Youth Employment UK.  In a most brilliant and entertaining presentation Laura-Jane highlighted some of the issues for young people engaging with the world of work for the first time and why she decided to do something about it. 

Delegates attended a variety of workshops and were delighted with the opportunities for sharing ideas and good practice and for networking.  Some were so pleased with the procurement workshop that they have asked us to arrange a longer session – we are on it!

The highlight of the day was the panel of apprentices from authorities around the region, ably chaired by Laura-Jane.  What wonderful advocates for working in local government.  Delegates were enthused to hear such inspiring experiences and were impressed with the confidence and positivity of the panel.

What we need now are the positive stories from those who manage apprentices.  What are the challenges and benefits?  Get in touch and let us know and we will spread the word.

For details about how Youth Employment UK can support your organisation see and consider the Talent Match Mark.

For more Apprentices stories have a look at the latest in our “Find your greatness” series: Tim at Braintree District Council and Sally and Heidi at Dacorum Borough Council.


Join our Get up and Grow campaign to raise awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to our organisations and economies and to help increase the number and uptake of apprenticeships across the region!

We are committed to helping to support the delivery of apprenticeship training; making sure that the apprenticeship levy money is spent in the most effective way. Working together is the best way to achieve this!

To share your managing an apprentice stories get in touch with Lucy Ashwell, Senior Manager at the East of England LGA on / 01284 758319
Find out more about the Get up and Grow campaign at


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