23 DEC 2015

Helen Grant MP attends Maidstone Apprentice Academy Open Day

Helen joins Academy Manager Trayciegh Hendy (centre) and staff

MP for Maidstone and the Weald Helen Grant was delighted to visit Maidstone based Apprentice Academy '3aaa' at their premises in Knightrider Street recently.

3aaa (aspire, achieve, advance) are a purpose-built academy serving the Kent area. They provide professional and exciting Apprenticeship frameworks to inspire students to achieve academic success. Their particular fields of focus are within IT, Digital and Social Media and Business.

The Open Day welcomed members of Kent Chamber of Commerce,

The Academy already have a history of success and are proud to be recognised as the only Training Provider to achieve Ofsted Outstanding in all areas on first inspection. They told Helen about how this helped them to be able to deliver life changing opportunities to many young people. local employers and apprentices as well as Ashleigh Porter-Exley, Winner of BBC Young Apprentice 2012 (pictured right) and 3aaa Ambassador. Mrs Grant had an opportunity to chat to hopeful applicants inbetween their specialist training sessions, about why they have chosen an apprenticeship and what they hope to achieve with their qualification.

New Academy Manager Trayciegh Hendy said:

"As well as offering a first-class learning experience in our fully functional Academy, with two operational training rooms, we teach our students vital life skills to prepare for them the ever-changing world of work based learning. We are proud to be able to have such a positive impact on the local community, helping to change the lives of our younger generation, by showcasing and promoting the power of apprenticeships"

When speaking of the visit, Helen Grant said:

"I feel very proud to have such a fantastic institution in my constituency. The academy and its staff are so enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Providing our young people with the best start to get on in life and have a rewarding career is vital. Apprenticeships are beneficial not only to them, but to our local businesses too.

The Government is committed to delivering three million more apprenticeships by 2020. With such valuable amenities on our doorstep in Maidstone, I see apprenticeships becoming viable for a wider range of young people in future." 

If you or someone you know is interested in starting an apprenticeship then you can find out more information here. If you'd like to find out more about 3aaa Maidstone then please contact Trayciegh Hendy via traycieghhendy@3aaa.co.uk or visit the website.

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