Apprenticeships have become a big part of developing the UK economy whilst providing professional skills in a work placement for young people. Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries and employers say that qualified apprentices are 15 per cent more employable than those with other qualifications.
As an educational Trust we understand only too well the importance of providing young people with opportunities to develop employability skills and ensuring that they are fully supported to make informed choices about the next stage in their education, employment or training. Our Careers and Employability Strategy sets out how we will make this happen in reality and this term our theme is ‘Grow with GAT’ which is all about supporting young people to grow into the right careers.
Each year the National Apprenticeship Service dedicates a full week to celebrate the positive impact apprentices have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. This year, National Apprenticeship week runs from 6th- 11th March 2017 and the overarching theme for the week is ‘Ladder of Opportunity!’- focusing on the progression routes of apprenticeships, from traineeships through to higher and Degree apprenticeships. There is evidence to suggest that after finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer.
As a Trust we currently employee 16 apprentices, all of whom are a credit to our organisation. As well as benefits to us in terms of growing our skills base and increasing productivity, there are huge benefits to the young people themselves who are gaining valuable work experience whilst continuing their education. Take a look at the case studies below which showcase a couple of our own apprentices, one working in an academy and one in our Central Team.
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Katie Blacklock, Admin Apprentice – Stanground Academy, Peterborough
Katie started her apprenticeship on the 9th of May 2016 studying a Level 3 Business Administration course provided by 3AAA. She chose to pursue an apprenticeship as she thought it was a good opportunity and she was provided with all information about the role.
In her own words, Katie said: “I'm earning a qualification, whilst being able to earn money. Also, I get the opportunity of different training sessions; for example, I got to do my first aid training. I would like to do another apprenticeship, hopefully the same job place, to progress to level 4.”
Here is what Katie’s Line manager Pauline Poli, PA to the Principal, had to say about her progress: “Katie has settled in very well to the admin team. She has grown in confidence on the phone and with the students and is always happy to take on any new challenge. She handles some of our more difficult parents with confidence and professionalism and is a delight to have in the office as she always has bundles of energy and a smile. She is able to work efficiently and accurately with very little explanation and has been able to handle some of the more difficult tasks, such as mail merge, with ease.”
Harry Segrove, Projects and Administration Apprentice – GAT Central Team, Nottingham
Harry started his apprenticeship on the 9th of January 2017 studying a Level 3 Business Administration provided by 3AAA. Harry considered an apprenticeship because it provides an opportunity to further current skills and learn new ones whilst in the work place.
In his own words, Harry said: “It has given me a starting point in working in a business administration environment, as well as giving me an insight into how different projects work from start to finish. Both of which could potentially be used in future jobs I will have.”
Here is what Harry’s Line manager Julie Molde, Project Administration Manager, had to say about his progress: “Harry has been with the Trust since 9 January and has settled into the team extremely well. He is very keen to learn and has already been supporting me setting up and preparing for meetings, helped construct new Risk Registers, supported on preparing project documentation and already working on a project himself monitoring and reporting on statutory compliance. He has made an exceptional start with his apprenticeship course work and has now decided on his chosen modules. It has been of great help and support having Harry in the team and he’s supporting other areas as well. I look forward to seeing Harry go from strength to strength and developing his skills.”
Kyla Whalin, Science Technician - Nottingham Academy, Nottingham
Kyla started her apprenticeship on the 15th of September 2015 studying a Level 3 Applied Science Diploma provided by Central College. Kyla chose to pursue an apprenticeship because she wanted start a career earning money, but also to gain valuable qualifications at the same time. Since completing her apprenticeship, Kyla has gained a full time position at the Bluecoat Academy. In her own words, Kyla said: "This apprenticeship has given me the ability to able to gain a full time position working as a qualified Science Technician."
Dwayne Sykes, Recruitment Assistant Apprentice - GAT Central Team, Nottingham
Dwayne started his apprenticeship on the 18th of April 2016 studying a Level 3 Business Administration course provided by 3AAA. Dwayne chose to pursue an apprenticeship because he wanted to get his 'foot in the door' in a career field that he was interested in. Dwayne hopes to progress onto the level 4 higher apprenticeship after he finishes his level 3 course. In his own words, Dwayne said: "When I originally started looking for an apprenticeship I wasn't too clued up on the 'ins and outs' of it all, I just knew that it was a starting point into a career path where you are in paid employment and work towards a recognised qualification within that industry."