In support of National Apprenticeship Week, 3 to 9 February, we held some exciting events and spoke to apprentices, schools and businesses to show how apprenticeships can kick-start careers.
This year’s theme was ‘Look Beyond’, encouraging people to look beyond outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships and celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring.
Apprenticeship Fair success
At our annual Apprenticeship Fair on 4 February, more than 250 visitors (pupils from 15 local schools and some of our current students) met with employers and apprentices to find out more.
We spoke to school pupil Augustin from The Wells Academy Alternative Provision.
It was a good event because I got to learn loads more than I actually thought I would learn. The motor vehicle section was very interesting.- Augustin, school pupil.
One of the employer exhibitors was Freeths, a top 50 commercial law firm. Nicola Jeffery, HR Officer from Freeths LLP said: “Apprenticeships have a vital part to play within our business, helping to support our aims of widening participation within our local communities and encouraging social mobility across the region.”
Nicola also told us about what she thinks apprentices can bring to a business. She said: “Apprentices are a fantastic asset to any business, offering tailored skills, loyalty and huge return on investment. In addition, the apprentices themselves gain invaluable work experience and a recognised qualification, giving them a sound footing upon which to build their future careers.
“Apprenticeship fairs like this one really help to raise awareness amongst school and college students about the breadth of apprenticeship opportunities that are available. Hopefully some students we have spoken with today have been encouraged to consider an apprenticeship for their next step.”
Nottingham Apprenticeships Conference 2020
The College also joined forces with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Jobs to hold the first Nottingham Apprenticeships Conference on 6 February. At the event, businesses learnt about how apprenticeships can help them develop their workforce for now and the future.
Apprenticeship Open Evening - open for booking
It’s our Apprenticeship Open Evening at our Basford campus on Wednesday 1 April, which is ideal if you’re thinking about an apprenticeship. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to our dedicated apprenticeship team and some of the biggest local businesses, about the types of apprenticeship roles that are available.
We offer a wide range of apprenticeships, with a constant stream of more than 100 vacancies, locally and nationally, waiting to be filled in areas such as: automotive, construction, engineering, business administration, IT, customer service, team leading/management, hairdressing, health sciences and sport and leisure, amongst others.