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Ladbrokes to sign up 300 new recruits to apprentice initiative

22 March 2016

LADBROKES are to recruit 300 apprentices this year to train in community engagement.

The apprentices will earn a retail NVQ and follow in the footsteps of the 1,522 graduates of the scheme the bookmaker has been running since 2012. 

Ladbrokes chief executive Jim Mullen told a parliamentary reception: “I hope the future CEO of this company will have started as an apprentice at the firm,”adding: “There’s nothing that makes me prouder in this role than celebrating our colleagues.

“We have some 13,000 of them across the UK who do a sterling job day in, day out – and often with very little thanks from the people who walk the corridors of power.

“I'm delighted to announce we will continue to recruit and train apprentices, with an added element of community engagement to ensure the role our shops play in their local areasis celebrated.”

The success of the programme had earlier been highlighted when Paul Hulbert, a Ladbrokes apprentice, won the retail and commerce lifetime learner achievement award at the expense of 40,000 competitors at the 2015 Lifetime Learning Awards ceremony.

Hulbert is now a customer service manager in Surrey’s Whiteley Village.

The skills minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships deliver the vital skills our economy needs.That’s why the government is committed to creating three million more apprenticeships by 2020.

“These apprenticeships at Ladbrokes are a safe bet for young people to gain the hands-on experience they need to succeed in their careers.”

The reception, in conjunction with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which Ladbrokes have funded since 2013, was sponsored by the former Labour shadow culture spokesman Michael Dugher.

He said: “The Coalfields Regeneration Trust continues to do a vitally important job and it is really welcome news its partner Ladbrokes will be creating 300 new apprenticeship posts.”

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