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#ApprenticeshipsNowMore than 60 employers attended the #ApprenticeshipsNow event at CONEL.

Businesses welcomed the chance to discover more about starting up an Apprenticeship with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) this week.

More than 60 employers attended the #ApprenticeshipsNow event at the College’s Enfield Centre to find out about vocational training and the Apprenticeship Levy, which came into effect on 1 May, and other funding reforms and support for professional development.

Attendees also had the opportunity to take a College tour and see some of the cutting edge technology, workshops and facilities, which have been used to train over 800 apprentices so far this year.

Tufael Aliahmed, Client Relationship Manager at Step Ahead, said: “We have a new contract with Southwark Council to help get residents into work.

"As an organisation we were not sure how the Levy affected small and medium businesses. We can now go back speak to the employers we target with the correct information, so it’s been very beneficial to us.”

Naomi Taylor, Education and Training Manager at Vauxhall City Farm, said: “We want to start some Apprenticeships across our different departments to train those coming through and upskill our current staff.

“It was really valuable to hear about the range of apprenticeships available, and talk about what we need as an organisation and tailoring this to an individual employee’s development.”

Earlier there were presentations by Enfield Council and Haringey Council, which both focused on regeneration and employment in the boroughs.

Anna Loughlin, Economic Development Manager at Enfield Council, said: “We recognise there are a lot of exciting opportunities here in Enfield. We have pockets of deprivation and huge barriers getting into work, but we need to raise aspirations.

“That’s why we’re working with schools and colleges to let parents and students know what amazing careers are out there and how they can progress further.”

Ambrose Quashie, Interim Head of Employment and Skills at Haringey Council, also introduced the Tottenham Charter, a pledge by local businesses to improve access to jobs and deliver world class training.

CONEL offers a wide range of Apprenticeships in areas including Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Computing, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Horticulture and Hospitality.

Call 020 8442 3442 or click here to find out more about Apprenticeships at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

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