Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards 2019

As we launch our 2019 Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards, spon­sors South Glouces­ter­shire & Stroud Col­lege spell out the im­por­tance of the ap­pren­tice op­tion

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

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

Tiling

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

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