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.

An apprenticeship decade to remember at Salford City College

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,

“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone!”

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.

Are you on the search for new talent for your business?

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.