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Skills shortages to be addressed by SEMLEP during National Apprenticeship Week

3 March 2016

A gourmet dinner to celebrate apprenticeships and aimed at small businesses  is to take place at the new restaurant at Central Bedfordshire College and will be prepared and served by students at the college many of whom are already working locally as apprentices in the hospitality industry.

The dinner, set to take place during National Apprenticeship Week 2016 on 15th March, is being organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Skills Funding Agency and Central Bedfordshire College.

SEMLEP’s Head of Enterprise Lindsay Mitton, who will make an after dinner speech at the event, said: “We recognise that for this area to thrive, we have to work with our training providers and schools to ensure that our young people enter the world of work fit and ready for the challenges that future employers will present them.  This dinner will be a golden opportunity to explain the role that the LEP plays in this.”

Also speaking at the event will be Vice Principal Sarah Mortimer who will be sharing information about Central Bedfordshire College’s new facilities and how they are changing to ensure that they meet the skills needs of the local community.

Sarah said: “This event represents a great opportunity to bring the business community into our college to show them how we are building facilities to respond to local business needs.”

Ian Cording, Bedfordshire branch chairman for FSB said: “We are delighted that the Skills Funding Agency are helping us to hold this celebration event for our members. At FSB we recognise that apprenticeships are the best way forward to ensure that small businesses are able to find people with the skills that they need to grow and prosper. Not only that, small businesses provide the best opportunity for young people as they have to a chance to learn all aspects of the business.”

If you would like to attend the apprenticeship dinner, priced £10 per head, contact Caron Kendall on 01525 875866 or email

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