Representatives from ECDIS Ltd, including George Ward a former apprentice at the company (and now permanent ECDIS Ltd employee) were invited by MP Caroline Dinenage to join her at the Houses of Parliament in London last month to thank them and other local companies for contributions to her ‘Get In Go Far’ campaign.
Since 2010 there have been over 11,000 apprenticeships in her constituency of Gosport, Hampshire. The national average is only 4,900, meaning that Gosport has the third highest number of apprenticeship starts in the country. But Ms Dinenage launched her Get In Go Far campaign in the summer because she felt more could be done to raise the profile of apprenticeships in our local area and highlight the wealth of opportunities on offer.
“I am always excited to welcome people from the Gosport constituency up to Parliament and this evening is no exception. It is a delight to host these fantastic apprentices and their employers and congratulate them for the work they do.”
ECDIS Ltd has had great success with the apprenticeship scheme since the company’s formation. Looking to encourage young talent and freely share practical life-skills to young people in the area, Training & Production Manager Robyn Harrigan said: “Apprentices have always been a core part of our business as they bring enthusiasm, energy and a fresh perspective to the company, which cannot be found anywhere else. We have always appreciated apprentices who are willing to learn and not afraid to have a go at the challenge that ECDIS Ltd has thrown at them. George (Ward) is a perfect example of someone who joined the team in one capacity and showed us quickly that he was capable and was eager to experience more the company had to offer, within months George had moved into a much wider and more challenging area of the company. In cases like this, it was a simple decision to offer George a permanent role.”
Ms Dinenage said: “Apprenticeships offer such amazing opportunities to learn the specialist skills needed to forge a rewarding career in a specific sector.”