Food for thought at apprenticeship breakfast

Published: 28 February 2017 at 09:30

The Lord Ashcroft Building on Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford campus

Workshop to mark International Women’s Day and National Apprenticeship Week

Employers are being urged to turn their thoughts to the workforce of the future at an event at Anglia Ruskin University which marks both National Apprenticeship Week and International Women’s Day.

The event, entitled Women At Work, takes place on Friday, 10 March at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. Organised by Dr Theresa Simpkin of Anglia Ruskin and Emma Nicholls of Your Red Dress, the workshop will support employers to engage female apprentices.

Guest speakers include Ellie Rowan, Policy Officer from the Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) Campaign, and Eileen Gallagher, the Careers and Apprenticeship Manager for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The event will also discuss the Apprenticeship Levy, which requires all employers with a pay bill of more than £3million to contribute towards apprenticeships and is due to be introduced in April.

The talks will be followed by a question and answer session, and an opportunity for networking.

Dr Simpkin said: 

“With the Government putting more emphasis on apprenticeships, it is important for employers to ensure they don’t miss opportunities to build their workforce capability for the years ahead.

“This event will provide plenty of information on how employers can engage female apprentices in particular, and there will also be opportunities to meet like-minded professionals.”

The event takes place from 8.30am until 10.30am at the Corporate Suite within the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus. Attendance is free but places are limited, so please register your interest at