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 –
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,
Apprenticeship start numbers across the UK have continued to fluctuate as organisations of all sizes absorb the changes afforded by the recent reforms across the apprenticeship sector. However, positive recruitment signs up and down the country in the last quarter indicate that more and more employers are returning to apprenticeships to support business growth and skills challenges within their organisation.
In 2009 the college launched their apprenticeship business, supporting ten apprentices with basic business administration skills. In the decade since,
Seddon Construction’s Tom Smalley flies the flag for Apprenticeships
Tom Smalley, Site Manager at Seddon Construction, and Leadership and Management Apprentice with Apprenticeships at Salford City College, is proving anyone can thrive as an apprentice. 27-year-old Tom, who works full-time for Seddon, and who is currently a site manager on a £8.4 million project for Cumbria County Council, is also working towards his management qualification with the help of Apprenticeships at Salford City College. Tom believes it is this additional training provided by his apprenticeship which has helped him step up to this role.
Apprenticeships at Salford City College are here to help.
As far as recruitment trends are concerned, summer is statistically slow. Many potential candidates are looking forward to their summer holidays as opposed to looking for work, and though many businesses are very busy over the summer months, statistics show recruitment rates are much lower at this time of year. With that said, not everyone is off the job hunt over the summer months, with younger candidates completing their qualifications and finishing college just in time to embark upon a new career over the summer months.
Trailblazing was the theme for the 12th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which ran from 4 March to 8 March and saw the nation stop to celebrate and raise awareness of apprenticeships for both young people and adults alike.
Apprenticeships at Salford City College trailblazed their way through the week by bringing the heat at their Annual Apprenticeship Awards. They also made a very special pledge to support the next generation of talent across the City with a brand-new,