We are delighted to announce that the Foundation's founding company, Milestone Group PLC, has signed a co-operation agreement with Apprenticeships 4 England. Apprenticeships 4 England works with businesses, training providers, awarding bodies and government agencies to continue the growth of quality apprenticeships.
This exciting new agreement will help us build the Passion Project community, as Apprenticeships 4 England promotes the programme within its influential network. In return, Milestone will help Apprenticeships 4 England expand and build its brand utilising its fast growing network of corporates and high-profile media and sports stars.
Together we will also be able to combine our expertise as we look to create new apprenticeships, especially in light of the new apprenticeship levy which will come into effect April 2017. The levy will encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships. This is a crucial opportunity for young unemployed jobseekers to find new careers as employers look to expand their staff.
The founder of Apprenticeships 4 England, Lindsay McCurdy, is renowned within the apprenticeship industry both nationally and internationally and serves as an ambassador for the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. She said of the agreement, “Apprenticeships 4 England is delighted to work alongside Milestone to promote the apprenticeship offer to Milestone’s network of corporates and high profile media and sports stars.”
Foundation Trustee, Deborah White said, "This agreement with Apprenticeships 4 England brings us another step closer to providing a strong and simplified employment offering to the public and private sector as well as those young people who are relying on apprenticeships to deliver proper career opportunities. Our recently announced cooperation agreements and others we are forging will together give us the size and expertise to provide the kind of apprenticeship service the public, private and apprenticeships have been looking for.”