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.
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,
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.