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Launch of Skills London 2012 Apprenticeships vital to business and Government

As National Apprenticeship Week continues, London First, in partnership with Prospects and the National Apprenticeship Service, has announced the dates for Skills London 2012.

Taking place on 23 and 24 November, Skills London – the biggest careers and skills event of its kind – will give young Londoners the opportunity to meet employers and training providers to learn more about apprenticeships and the career paths that are open to them.

Over 30,000 16 – 24 year olds are expected to attend the event at ExCel, along with over 100 exhibitors.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Skills London is a great way to inspire young Londoners to achieve more. Apprenticeships are an important part of this. Not only are they a valuable tool in addressing the shortage of youth employment, both Government and business will reap rewards by embracing them.”

Vic Grimes Divisional Area Director – London and The South East for the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
“I’m delighted that we are working in partnership with London First and Prospects at Skills London 2012. These are challenging times yet we are entering a new era of growth for Apprenticeships. Skills London 2012 will play a vital role in widening the understanding of how quality Apprenticeships offer life changing opportunities to apprentices. It is absolutely vital that we equip young people with the skills they need for the future – and the skills that London needs to compete.”

Ray Auvray, Executive Chair, Prospects:
“Prospects is very pleased to be working in partnership with London First and the National Apprenticeship Service in the delivery of Skills London 2012. This is a unique opportunity to inspire thousands of young people towards their future career”.

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For further information, please contact: Emma Apter on 020 7665 1427 / 07535977004

Notes to Editors:

Skills London is a two-day event, providing young Londoners with have-a-go opportunities as well as information and advice on careers and training. It is the largest of its kind and has been organised by London First since 2005.
London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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