College group celebrates National Apprenticeship Week…
Warwickshire College Group took part in an action-packed National Apprenticeship Week with a range of activities to promote apprentices and apprenticeships.
Three MPs visited their local colleges to meet with apprentices and employers. Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, visited Warwick Trident College centre to speak to apprentices who work at Aston Martin, Trelawny SPT and Warwickshire County Council.
Attorney General Jeremy Wright MP, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, visited Moreton Morrell College where he spoke to farriery apprentices and had a go at being a farrier himself!. He also spoke to Megan Bignell, an equine apprentice at Moreton Morrell College.
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, visited Rugby College to meet local apprentices and their employers. Speaking after the visit, Mr Pawsey said, “With companies like GE Alstom, Morgan Sindall and the Manufacturing Technology Centre all based right here in Rugby, we have a fantastic history of engineering excellence. The apprentices I spoke to were developing the innovations of the next generation and I am proud to support them in doing that.”
Warwickshire College Group also welcomed local businesses to a breakfast event to find out everything about apprentices and apprenticeships. Peter Husband, Group Vice Principal for Apprenticeships and Innovation welcomed businesses to the event and gave an overview of the current apprenticeship landscape, as well as information on Trailblazer and degree apprenticeships.
Debbie McCarthy, Customer and Business Support Services Manager at Rugby Borough Council then gave the employer perspective before Torin Spence, Apprenticeship Hub Manager for Warwickshire County Council brought the audience up-to-date with the latest developments around the Apprenticeship Levy and Digital Apprenticeship Service.
Debbie McCarthy from Rugby Borough Council said, “Our Business Administration Apprenticeship Programme is in its fourth year and we have had 20 apprentices in that time. This builds on the success that we’ve had with our Trade Apprentices who have won awards. The majority of our apprentices have stayed with the council, so it has been really successful for us – we really are ‘growing our own’! Young people can bring so much to a business, we would certainly recommend recruiting apprentices to other employers.”
Drop-in sessions for students across all colleges and an Apprenticeships Explained event for parents were also hosted by the college’s work-based learning team to raise awareness of the benefits of the apprenticeship route. Joe Chedzey, winner of the Coventry Freemen’s Guild Apprentice of the Year award attended the Corporation Board to talk to Governors about his apprenticeship experience. Joe, 22, who is a higher apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover, achieved a distinction in his foundation degree in engineering at Warwick Trident College.
Warwickshire College Group is one of the region’s largest training providers, with 2000 apprentices training with the group every year, and has recently been shortlisted in the prestigious TES FE Awards in the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year category. For more information on apprentices and apprenticeships, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 0300 456 0046.
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