Suffolk Chamber of Commerce hosts visit from Pass the Torch apprenticeships campaign

From left, Julian Wilkinson, Lorraine Gimson, Dean Pierpoint, Jane Bloomfield, Alicia Mathews, Mick

From left, Julian Wilkinson, Lorraine Gimson, Dean Pierpoint, Jane Bloomfield, Alicia Mathews, Mick Biegel, David Atkins, Roxanne Seabourne, Paul Simon, Ann Keen and Amanda Ankin, at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce offices yesterday , with apprentice Nils Atkins holding the torch. Picture: Lucy Taylor

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce today hosted an Olympic-style torch which represents the passing on of apprentice and employer knowledge.

The chamber, based at Felaw Maltings in Ipswich, which is also home to the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service (ASBS), is among locations across the country being visited by the Pass the Torch campaign, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service .

At Pass the Torch events, employers are being asked to pledge their support for apprenticeships, showcasing their commitment to help reach a target of 3million apprenticeships by 2020.

The event at in Ipswich today was attended by Mick Biegel, who manages the Employer Training Incentive Pilot (ETIP) at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, and Lorraine Gimson, apprenticeship ambassador and director of ASBS

The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England, offering free impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time or expand their programme.

Pass the Torch is being funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, through the Skills Funding Agency.