August/September 2018

More school and college leavers are choosing apprenticeships

With the academic year now at an end, it is the perfect time for businesses to recruit apprentice talent. Why? Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular choice for young people leaving full-time education, as not only will they be earning a wage, but they will also be gaining valuable work experience and gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships at Salford City College are currently recruiting the most gifted school and college leavers from across Greater Manchester, to add to their already impressive portfolio of apprentice talent. The college boasts having over 1,100 apprentices on programme currently, with a view of having more than 2,000 in their talent pool by 2021.

Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development at Salford City College, said: “We are coming into the prime-time of year for businesses to snap-up the best apprentice talent. As our students finish their college courses, we offer them the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with us. “We also work closely with our feeder schools to ensure all ambitious 16-year-olds in the area, who are eager to step into the world of work, have the opportunity to be placed at a company through our free recruitment service.”

Heather Beardall, who was recently named Salford City College Apprentice of the Year for her hard-work and dedication towards her Business Administration Apprenticeship, with employer Morson Group, is a previous Eccles Sixth Form College student. Heather was recruited through the Apprenticeships at Salford City College Recruitment Team when she finished college and has since excelled on her programme. She said: “After college I was motivated to carry on my learning journey so I decided to start an apprenticeship to progress my career and gain more knowledge of the business environment. Her manager, Becki Ross, Head of HR at Morson Group, said about Heather, “I’m really proud of her, she is our rising star.” In fact, Heather has excelled so much with Morson that they are now developing a role especially for her. Becki continued: “She has just completed her Business Administration Level 3, so will now meet with the director and map out her progression for over the next few years.”

Apprenticeships at Salford City College have been placed within the top 13% of colleges nationally for apprenticeship achievement rates and within the top 5% in the North West, proving their programmes deliver for both the apprentices and the employer. Allan continued: “There is no doubt that the ‘apprenticeship movement’ is gathering significant momentum. The range, levels and quality of apprenticeship opportunities are better than they have ever been, with apprenticeship now at the heart of the skills agenda in the UK. We have introduced a range of new apprenticeship programmes to meet the demand of businesses in this region. We now have a number of apprentices in the financial services and will soon have our first project managers and digital marketers on board.”

If you are interested in hiring an apprentice, please call 0161 631 5555.