Grays Group Directors meet Prime Minister’s Apprenticeships Advisor at Hart Learning and Development
Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on-Avon and Apprenticeship Advisor to the Prime Minister, visited Hart Learning and Development for a round table session on the apprenticeship levy with a group of business leaders, including The Grays Group.
Zahawi spoke passionately about the power of apprenticeships to transform business productivity, staff retention and bottom line performance – and the lives of young people and adults. He encouraged business leaders to think holistically about how they should respond to the new apprenticeship levy, and commended Hart L&D for their proactive, progressive approach.
Speaking after the event, Mr Zahawi said: “Government is hugely committed to apprenticeships. The levy and other changes we are making will put Government support for apprenticeships on a sustainable footing. I’d encourage businesses large and small to reflect on how they can best engage with apprenticeships to help them take their businesses forward.”
Marc Gray, representing The Grays Group, said: “Grays is a huge advocate of apprenticeships. Investment in training and re-training requires commitment from employers, supported by progressive Government policy and investment. Nadhim Zahawi’s visit to Hart L&D is an important signal that Government is working with business, and with progressively minded partners like Hart L&D, to get apprenticeship reform right.”
Hart Learning Group Chief Executive Matt Hamnett said: “I am really grateful to Nadhim for joining us today. I was hugely encouraged to hear a senior member of the Government encouraging businesses to think holistically about how they engage with apprenticeships. We believe passionately that the best apprenticeship programmes are preceded by great engagement with young people in schools and colleges, and followed up with real opportunities for apprentices to progress and realise their full potential. We’re really excited at the prospect of having just that sort of conversation with Hertfordshire businesses.”