Francesca Chapman to help deliver +24's apprenticeships

Burnley-based digital marketing agency +24 Marketing has appointed Francesca Chapman as education co-ordinator to oversee the company’s Project Digital apprenticeship scheme.

Francesca will work alongside managing director Dave Walker and other colleagues on the agency's digital apprenticeship training courses which are held at +24’s head office in The Landmark digital hub.

Project Digital was launched last year as a strategic partnership between +24 and Themis to help young people find the best digital skills training, education and apprenticeship opportunities to enable them to start a career in the digital sector.

Francesca brings more than 12 years of experience working in the education sector through her previous position with Training 2000.

She said: “This is a really interesting post for me to move into at a time when the spotlight is firmly on training young people to have the right skill sets to meet the requirements of employers.

"My role is to work with the apprentices, making sure they are happy and that the delivery is going ahead in the right way. This covers all aspects, from start to finish, of the Project Digital courses, including social care, health and wellbeing, to ensuring the processes and standards are being met. This then allows the apprentices to emerge with the qualification and skill sets needed to start their careers in the digital sector.

we believe that digital apprenticeships are the answer to solving a skills gap issue.

"The delivery happens here at +24 and I am very much part of achieving +24’s key goal that every apprentice emerges with a City and Guilds certificate at distinction level."

Dave Walker added: "Francesca brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the education and apprenticeship sector and is now playing a key role in maintaining the very highest standards of delivery to all the apprentices on the Project Digital courses.

"Through our partnership with Themis, Project Digital is helping to bridge the digital skills gap. With 22 per cent of business owners in the UK believing that a lack of digital skills in their workforce is holding them back from meeting their full potential, we believe that digital apprenticeships are the answer to solving this skills gap issue - and we practice what we preach, as 25 per cent of the +24 Marketing team were recruited as apprentices."