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Industry leaders and celebrities salute apprentices

Thu 14 March 2013, 4:30 pm

Barking & Dagenham College has played host to stars of business and television as part of a National Apprenticeship Week showcase.

Laing O’Rourke executive director Howard Shiplee, advertising guru Trevor Beattie, and TV star Tommy Walsh were among those taking part in the college’s day-long Inspiration 2013 event this week.

Students demonstrated their technical know-how in a series of skills competitions and some even pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts in a special Dragon’s Den session, which was one of a range of workshops on offer.

College principal Cathy Walsh said the event had been specifically designed to celebrate skills and demonstrate the many opportunities that apprenticeships could  provide to young people. 

“We were delighted to have such leading figures from the construction and other industries lending their support and offering advice and their own words of inspiration to all of us,” she said.

“We have such talented students at the college and allowing them to showcase their skills and be recognised for their hard work is very important to us. 

“Once we have developed our students’ skills, it is our role to link them with work opportunities and connect them to business networks."

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