Staff from Apprenticeships First, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s apprenticeships agency, rubbed shoulders with His Royal Highness The Duke of York recently as he launched the Confederation of Apprenticeship Training Agencies (COATA).

COATA is an umbrella organisation set up by 11 Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATA), which includes Apprenticeships First, across the UK to promote and support the development of the ATA model.

HRH The Duke of York gave his backing to the new organisation to boost the growth and development Agencies, which recruit, employ and train young people while they are working with a host employer.

He said: “Too often employers want to employ young people with a minimum of three years’ experience. How are young people going to get this experience if they don’t get a chance to be employed in the first place?

“COATA is looking to overthrow that by encouraging young people to come through their doors, take the employment risk for a period of time and enable young people to get on that ladder of experience.”

Phil Gowan, Director of Employer Engagement at the College, said: “It is good to have the support and backing of COATA as we continue to encourage young people and employers to engage in apprenticeship opportunities. At Apprenticeships First, we have various apprenticeship vacancies coming in on a weekly basis and have helped many young people with their first step on the ladder. Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a viable option for young people and employers and we encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

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