Apprenticeship Week 2013

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Apprenticeship Week 2013

06 October 2014

Apprenticeship Awareness Event at Legoland, Windsor

Apprenticeship week was a busy and successful one for the college as we were involved in a number of activities which demonstrated our commitment to Apprenticeships and the quality of those which we deliver.

Our team attended Learning to Work’s Apprenticeship Awareness event at Legoland in Windsor on Thursday 14 March. The event allowed young people to learn more about how Apprenticeships work, the opportunities they provide and the subject areas in which they are offered. It also offered businesses a platform to fill their current vacancies with more than 650 on offer during the event.


We met with 160 Year 9 students from across the county during the morning. They were offered the opportunity to experience ‘Have a Go’ sessions and listen to talks about our Childcare, Health and Social care, and Electrical Installation Apprenticeships as an example of the types of courses we offer.

The remainder of the day was open to young people between the age of 16-24 to come along and experience the ‘Have a Go’ sessions and also to discuss available Apprenticeships on a one-to-one basis.

Charlie Roberts, Head of Faculty Workforce Development at the college, was impressed with the event:

“The atmosphere was excellent, partly due to the venue, but mostly due to the interest shown by attendees of all ages.  The ‘Have a Go’ sessions during the earlier part of the day were particularly helpful in generating conversation about what sort of work there is in different workplaces and what sort of people would suit different job roles.”

College Corporation member goes ‘back to the floor’

Back at the college we were also celebrating Apprenticeship week on Friday 15 March as our corporation member Chris Gulliver experienced what it’s like to be an apprentice by joining our Electrical Installation apprentices for the afternoon. Chris got to try his hand at setting up lighting circuits, a first for him, as well as having the opportunity to talk to several of the Apprentices about their course.


Chris is our corporation member with special responsibility for Apprenticeships so he was delighted to be able to take part in this experience:

“I have really enjoyed the afternoon and it has reinforced my belief further that Apprenticeships are a great structured way to raise your capabilities and confidence in employment whilst also gaining relevant qualifications. I was really impressed with the energy levels, teamwork and camaraderie amongst the apprentices and I believe if they are enjoying themselves they will learn more.”

Steve Daniels, Electrical Installation tutor, who was working with the class said:

“We were able to give Chris an idea of what our apprentices do when they come to college once a week. He chatted with them to find out what life is like for them back in the workplace the rest of the time.”

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