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 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,
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,
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 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,
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,
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.
MediaCityUK and the surrounding Salford Quays is fortunate to house some of the biggest and best companies from across the UK, many with global reputations. None are better known than retail giant Marks and Spencer.
Founded in 1884 in the North of England, the organisation is now recognised across the globe for its clothing, home and food products. Though its headquarters are based in the City of London, Marks and Spencer have specialist business centres across the UK,
There has never been a better time to be an apprentice. That is true for school leavers, college leavers and even those already within the work place. Anyone can be an apprentice, anyone with a need for up skilling and knowledge development, that is. Employers are increasingly utilising their apprenticeship levy to not only develop and support new staff, but to develop the talent they already have. Because of this, Apprenticeships at Salford City College have seen a real need for the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships in Project Management.
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.