Apprenticeships

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College’s got talent

This month, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned that the UK could face up to two years of labour shortages across a broad range of sectors, from entry level jobs to high-level technical roles. With the furlough scheme concluding at the end of September, it is widely acknowledged that the initial predictions of 12.5% unemployment post-furlough will be inaccurate.

Official unemployment figures show a continued fall. The Bank of England has forecast a rise to only 5.5% unemployment post-September at the end of the scheme.

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Developing talent today for the workforce of tomorrow

You have a role to play!

SCC Group is the largest provider of Further Education in Salford, one of the largest providers in Greater Manchester and indeed the North West. We have over 11,000 students of different ages and levels, studying across a huge range of disciplines and sectors. One of the key aspirations for all our students is focusing on their next steps in life, where or what will they do after their time at Salford City College.

Economic uncertainty – COVID means talent development is more important than ever

Economic commentators across the globe continue to debate, analyse and predict the impact that the pandemic has had on global, national and local economies. Many are prescribing to the ‘V-shaped’ scenario (see: Figure 1), where the obvious significant economic challenges brought on by COVID-19 (demonstrated by the UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as falling by almost 10% in 2020 compared to 2019) recover quickly and strongly. Current predictions of a 7.25% growth in GDP in 2021 – the fastest growth since World War II –

Victory at the Learning Awards for Apprenticeships at Salford City College

On the evening of 18 February 2021, Apprenticeships at Salford City College were awarded the Gold award for ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ at the 2021 Learning Awards. The Learning Awards is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). It recognises innovation and achievement in workplace learning. The ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ Award is presented to an enterprise that provides learning services to external clients. Winners are chosen through demonstrating consistent high-quality and innovation,

The most important National Apprenticeship Week ever

We have recently celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February).

It was very different this year, like so many other events and celebrations. Many innovative digital events were held across the country to celebrate all that is great about apprenticeships. From recognising apprentices themselves and celebrating their successes as they develop great careers, to highlighting the vital contributions made by the thousands of employers who commit finance, time and resource into developing great apprentices. Also, it is important not to forget the many organisations and businesses within the apprenticeship sector,

There’s never been a more important time to employ an apprentice… and let the Government help you

Youth unemployment levels have rocketed in recent months as the lockdown period has really had a negative impact on entry level jobs, with an additional 154,000 young people out of work. This huge growth in unemployment risks impacting the future of this current generation for many years to come.

Over recent months, we have held a communication campaign urging employers to maintain their investment in apprentices, detailing the great attributes that new, young talent can have in supporting business through these turbulent times ahead.

There’s never been a more important time to employ an apprentice

There have been some incredibly challenging times in recent months in the apprenticeship sector. Like the vast majority of organisations we have had to adapt quickly to new ways of working in order to support the employers and apprentices we work with. However, as we transition back to our normal proactive ways, we can reflect on a number of amazing positives that we have seen over this turbulent period. Firstly, as a result of the huge amounts of hard work in recent years to raise the profile of apprenticeships,

Celebrating apprenticeship success at the Annual Apprenticeship Awards

On Tuesday 4 February apprentices from across Apprenticeships at Salford City College put their best dresses and suits on to celebrate the annual Apprenticeship Awards. This year marks the tenth year that Apprenticeships at Salford City College have offered a provision. Launching in 2009 with a cohort of ten apprentices, the provision has since grown remarkably with over 1,500 apprentices supported in the last academic year, the vast majority of whom are from local communities. To celebrate the momentous occasion,

A time to celebrate all that is amazing about apprenticeships!

Monday 3rd February was the first day of what is a very important week in the apprenticeship calendar. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of all that is amazing about apprenticeship programmes. This year, National Apprenticeship Week is even more special for Apprenticeships at Salford City College, as we celebrate our tenth year of delivering apprenticeship programmes. In that period, we have supported over 1,000 employers, and delivered apprenticeship programmes to many local people, with just over 1,500 apprentices supported in the last academic year alone.

How Trafford Council helps small businesses nurture new talent

Trafford Council is enabling smaller employers to grow by giving them a financial boost to develop new talent through the #SEEDIFFERENT SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) Apprenticeship Support Offer, funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The scheme offers a £3,000 grant to employers to help with salary and training costs associated with an apprenticeship and is aimed at SME businesses who have not previously recruited an apprentice for the last two years. One of the key aims for Trafford Council is to attract older people to Apprenticeships as a way to being a new career,