Apprenticeship Awards 2019
As we launch our 2019 Apprenticeship Awards, sponsors South Gloucestershire & Stroud College spell out the importance of the apprentice option
SOUTH Gloucestershire & Stroud College supports more than 600 employers across the West of England with apprenticeship programmes.
This year the college has recruited 800 new apprentices, bringing the total number studying to 1,750.
This tremendous growth is a result of the comprehensive support service offered to employers, including a thorough and extensive recruitment service.
The growth is also attributable to longterm partnerships with key employers, both large and small.
These include multinational businesses, public sector organisations and, equally important, local SMES.
Principal Sara-jane Watkins said: “Apprenticeships at SGS are growing year on year and we are thrilled to be headline sponsor of the awards again.
“The apprenticeship services at SGS are responsive, bespoke and deliver high-quality account management, offering a highly personal and very effective vacancy matching service. “The college is highly effective at responding to wider economic needs and over the past four years SGS has worked closely with local enterprise partnerships to ensure the skills gaps that are being identified by business are met. “We truly recognise the importance of apprenticeships and are delighted to help raise awareness further in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.” One student that has experienced first hand the vital role of apprenticeships is Anne-marie Benbow, who excelled in her apprenticeship despite facing many obstacles. After spending time in foster care as a teenager and having a negative experience at school, she left with no qualifications.
Willing to give education another go, she had the tenacity to keep trying to pass exams despite gaps in her learning.
Anne-marie started her apprenticeship in 2017 progressing from Level 2 to Level 3 in business administration while undertaking a role in the children’s social services department at her local council.
An ambassador for children in care and a wonderful role model for the children she supports, she works to decrease isolation and loneliness and has arranged various social events for care leavers.
As a result of her direct input, care leavers will be exempt from Council Tax from the new financial year.
The college offers many different apprenticeships including: Accountancy
Adult Care Animal Care Business Administration Care Leadership and Management Children and Young People’s Workforce Construction Contracting Customer Service Cyber Security Electrical Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Human Resources
IT and Telecoms Management Mechatronics Maintenance Painting and Decorating Plastering Plumbing Procurement Engineering Product Design and Development Property Maintenance Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistants) Team Leading
Trowel Occupations Veterinary Nursing Wood Occupations Youth Work
For further information on apprenticeships, contact the team on 01453 761158 or email [email protected]
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Sara-jane Watkins, left