New apprenticeship initiative launches in Bucks

‘Going for Gold’ (GFG), an exciting new apprenticeship initiative in Buckinghamshire, was officially launched at Missenden Abbey in September by the Rt Hon David Lidington MP for Aylesbury.

The aim of the initiative is to provide ‘gold standard’ work-ready apprentices for employers in the County, which has the third highest rate of company registrations in the UK. Local employers have enthusiastically supported the new project and will be advertising apprenticeship vacancies for people over 16 years of age, on ‘Going for Gold’s new website

Ash Coles, Project Manager for ‘Going for Gold’ said: “Employers want the right attitude and right work ethic for their businesses but often young people who go into apprenticeships are not ready for the world of work. We aim to change that ensuring that ‘Going for Gold’ acts as a kite mark for quality young work ready people, who are matched with employers who strive for excellence.”

The ‘Going for Gold’ initiative is being developed by a range of partners including county and district councils, training providers, careers education providers, Buckinghamshire Business First and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Initial funding for GFG is being met by Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, and BEST – a partnership between Buckinghamshire New University, Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire University Technical College.