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College apprentices celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Image: (Left to right) College apprentices: Quality eLearning Design Apprentice, Nico Rehman; Hairdressing Apprentice, Cammie Sharp; Business Administration Apprentice, Moh Akram; Nursery Apprentice, Shannon Booth; Marketing Apprentice, Rebecca Scotland and Finance Apprentice, Robert Smith.

Image: (Left to right) College apprentices: Quality eLearning Design Apprentice, Nico Rehman; Hairdressing Apprentice, Cammie Sharp; Business Administration Apprentice, Moh Akram; Nursery Apprentice, Shannon Booth; Marketing Apprentice, Rebecca Scotland and Finance Apprentice, Robert Smith.

Apprentices at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) are currently supporting National Apprenticeship Week (14-18th March), a national celebration of Apprenticeships. The week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

During the week, Burton and South Derbyshire College will be holding an open day with an apprenticeships focus on Thursday 17th March, 5-8pm, as well as an apprenticeship themed business breakfast on Friday 18th March at St. George’s Park.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

In addition to supporting hundreds of apprentices and their employers to achieve success each year, Burton and South Derbyshire College also employs six of its own apprentices in the areas of Marketing, Business Development, Quality, Finance, the College’s Innovations Salon and the College Nursery.

Rebecca Scotland, Marketing Apprentice at Burton and South Derbyshire College commented: “Apprenticeships are a great way to get hands on skills in a job, helping you to get on the career ladder straight away. I would definitely encourage people to give an Apprenticeship a go; you get to learn real skills in a paid job and get a qualification at the end of it.”

Shannon Booth, Nursery Apprentice added: “I’m a practical learner so took an apprenticeship to suit my style of learning, and it’s the best thing I ever did. I have enjoyed absolutely everything about my apprenticeship! I really enjoy being a role model to the children and their future development depends on how well you do your job. I plan to progress to a Foundation Degree and a BA Hons to develop my experience and qualifications in childcare further.”

Those interested in becoming an apprentice should visit www.bsdc.ac.uk/apprenticeships for more information and details of current vacancies. Employers interested in finding out more about employing an apprentice within their organisation should contact BSDC’s Business Development Team on 01283 494510 or email employer.enquiries@bsdc.ac.uk.

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