York College have continued National Apprenticeship Week celebrations with a Business Breakfast for employers to update them on all the changes to apprenticeships.
Attendees at the first event included representatives from the NHS, Dean Court Hotel, William Birch, York Minster and The National Careers Service.
Kerry Jephson, Employer Engagement Manager for York College welcomed employers and introduced her team. Bill Woolley, Chair of Governors for Employment and Skills then addressed the delegates, saying: "For every £1 invested in Apprenticeships, £28 goes into the economy, showing how great apprenticeships can be."
Martin Kennedy, Production & Logistics Trainer from Portakabin provided an employer's perspective. He said, "We found it difficult to introduce apprenticeships in the recession, but formed a case around succession, skills and flexibility. We now have 18 apprentices. We're all here now because someone gave us an opportunity and that's exactly what we're doing, providing an opportunity, and adding value."
Yorkshire Housing Employer Session
Yorkshire Housing held an employer session for York College construction students on the benefits of gaining work experience and focusing on the key qualities the company looks for when recruiting apprentices.
Kiran Olak, Apprenticeship Coordinator at Yorkshire Housing said: “A positive attitude and work ethic are the two most important attributes we look for when taking on apprentices. If these fundamental qualities exist we can train individuals and build on their skill set.”
Yorkshire Housing Gas Heating Team Leader Chris Long and Business Services Team Leader Stephen Hague spoke about their own careers. Having started out as apprentices they have both been able to learn on the job and develop their skills.
Yorkshire Housing Gas & Plumbing apprentice Keiran Dunlop was also able to feedback to the students about his current apprenticeship experience. He said; “It’s good to have a trade. It is a skill for life and a skill that will always earn me a wage.”
Following the session the Yorkshire Housing representatives were given a tour of the College’s new Construction & Skills Centre.
Parent & Student Information Evening - Wednesday 16th March
Students and their parents/guardians found out more about Apprenticeships and how they can help launch your career. Sessions included Martin Kennedy, Production & Logistics Trainer at Portakabin speaking about why Portakabin recruit Apprentices and CV writing and application tips from experts Interserve.
Employer stands included Nestle, York Cocoa House and CITB.
Put a DJ to Work Week
As part of National Apprenticeship Week we challenged Minster FM DJs Gayle & Ben, Ricky Durkin and David Green to be an apprentice for a week.
Gayle and Ben were put to work in the kitchen at Bistro Guy in York. They met boss Guy Whapples and apprentice Luke – see and hear how they go on…
Ricky Durkin headed off to Purenet to work with their apprentice Louis who’s a software tester at the York technology firm – see and hear how Ricky got on…
David Green took up the challenge of working with AI computer science firm Purple Frog Text working with their IT & Telecomms apprentice - see and hear how they got on…
On the radio
Listen to York College Employer Engagement Manager Kerry Jephson answering questions and dispelling the myths about apprenticeships
For further information about apprenticeships, contact our team:
Business Development Unit
Sim Balk Lane
Tel: 01904 770368