Great prospects and great businesses through Apprenticeships

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Great prospects and great businesses through Apprenticeships

08 October 2014

Next week is the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week across England and we took the opportunity to review the impact of our Apprenticeship courses in an interview with a student and employer at one of our newest and most prestigious employers, Pennyhill Park Luxury Hotel & Spa, in Bagshot, Surrey.

Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity to gain real workplace experience and practical skills whilst earning a real wage and achieving a nationally recognised qualification. They are an increasingly popular alternative to full-time courses and the college has experienced a 47% increase in its total number of apprentices.

Keylen Wilson, 17, from Bracknell is an NVQ Diploma Level 3 Beauty Therapy Apprentice at the college where she spends one day per week training alongside the four days she spends in her workplace at Pennyhill Park.

“I chose the Apprenticeship route after completing a full-time Level 2 Beauty course at the college because I like that you are earning while you are learning. You also get real life experience and as this is such an award winning venue I am learning from the best.”

Apprenticeships are equally valuable for employers and there are already more than 100,000 employers in over 160,000 workplaces throughout England. 96% of these have reported benefits to their business including a higher skilled and motivated workforce, increased productivity and bottom line and reduced training and recruitment costs.

Kirsty Amato, Spa Therapy Manager at Pennyhill Park has been delighted with her first experience of employing an apprentice:

“One of the fantastic benefits of being able to take on an apprentice is the support and communication you get from the college. The Apprenticeship team has been fantastic with the whole process right from the beginning, supporting me with the forms, knowing the procedures, and advising how I can help Keylen in the workplace to make sure that she is safe, looked after and supported in the right way. As an employer that is something that can be quite worrying so to have that support has been fantastic.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming an apprentice or employing one in your business through the college you can visit us at the Berkshire Apprenticeship Adventure 2014 event on Thursday 6 March. The event will take place in the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading between 2-7pm where our expert Apprenticeship team will be delighted to talk to you.

Alternatively call 01344 766678 for more information.

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