This week we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week by holding an Apprenticeship Open Evening. Our open evenings allow visitors to mix with tutors, or in the case of apprenticeships, employers who are keen to offer placements. Attending these events can be extremely useful if you’re exploring your progression options.
For me, I always look at the experience people have had when taking somebody on. By taking on an apprenticeship, you’ll get experience at a younger age. So it’s a fabulous way to develop yourself.Leckie Presley – Charity Financial Planner — Leckie Presley Financial Consultancy
On the night we had a wide range of people attend – school leavers, college students and 30+ visitors considering a career change. You can start an apprenticeship at any age, so long as you meet the entry criteria. It was a busy night with around 300 people passing through Basford’s doors. The atmosphere was one of intrigue and excitement, with many viewing the evening as a chance to plan a large part of their future.
We had a mix of employer stands at the open evening, with industries spanning from engineering to childcare. Our apprenticeship team and careers team also had stands to provide advice and guidance to visitors. Many employers brought along their current apprentices to give attendees more insight into what is involved in an apprenticeship.
With an apprenticeship, you’re getting the practical side and you’re earning a wage. I think it’s got the best of both worlds. they get to face real scenarios rather than learning just by theory or what is told you by your lecturer. You get a good understanding of how everything works that way.Nic Daniels – Principal Estimator — Willmott Dixon
If you’re interested in starting an apprenticeship you can find more information on our Apprenticeship page.
Employers who are keen to take on an apprentice can find more information on our Employer Apprenticeship page.
There’s lots of things you learn by being in a working environment. Even simple things like turning up on time and being there every day. Having hands-on experience, that you do not get so much of with a standard college course, is beneficial.Elizabeth Clyde – Nursery Group Leader — Hollie’s Day Nursery