A week-long series of events in Redditch and Bromsgrove marking the National Apprenticeship Week culminated on Friday 10th February with local MP Karen Lumley visiting NEW College.
Ms. Lumley joined College tutors at the Redditch campus to congratulate some of the young students who had won various skills competitions that have been taking place over the week.
National Apprenticeship Week is the time when all eyes are on Apprenticeships and it’s all about raising the profile amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the fifth annual Apprenticeship Week, which is on course to be the biggest event to-date.
Vince Cable said, “I am very proud of the fact that at a time of financial constraint this Government has prioritized investment in apprenticeships. This has led to the creation of record numbers of apprenticeships combined with tough new standards to drive up quality. Apprenticeships are at the centre of the Government’s skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals with the skills they need for prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the wider economy. We are providing extra help to enable small employers to hire their first apprentices. We will also continue to develop new advanced and higher-level apprenticeships to deliver the world-class skills individuals and firms need to get ahead.”
Amongst the activities at NEW College this week were Automotive Engineering ‘Head to Head’ and ‘pit stop’ challenges where students competed against each other and the clock, an inspirational talk from local entrepreneur and business woman Fiona Hudson-Kelly of Smart Assessor and Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy demonstrations from previous College apprentices. The Hospitality and Catering students also took part in a ‘MasterChef’ style challenge, whilst down at the Construction Training Centre employers and students from local schools were invited along to a whole days worth of events including competitions, an employer forum and the Olympic Skill Build.
Speaking about the drive to create more Apprenticeships, Principal of NEW College John Callaghan said, “We are also keen to demonstrate the skills that our Apprentices have acquired at NEW College and to show local businesses the benefits that they can reap by employing such talented individuals.”
Trevor Jarvis of Trevita Homes Ltd said, “The apprenticeship programs offered through the college are first class and the conditions and facilities at the college are excellent. We have had a few lads who have been through this system and are now employed by our company and we wouldn’t hesitate to take more in the future.”
Karen Lumley MP added, “It’s always good to see a successful apprenticeship scheme as we are investing heavily in investing in our young people. It was good to meet everybody involved today and celebrate their hard work.”
Anyone wanting to complete an apprenticeship or take on an apprentice can contact Ann Isherwood at NEW College on telephone number 01527 548871.
Bradley Farrington, 17 from Redditch is studying full-time Level 2 Bench Joinery and came first in the Level 2 Bent Joinery competition during the Olympic Skill Build that took place on Wednesday 8th February as part of National Apprenticeship Week at the Construction Centre. Jake Eaborn, 17 from Redditch is studying full-time Level 2 Site Carpentryand came first in the Level 2 Site Carpentry competition that took place also. Both were previous students at Kingsley College.
Karen is pictured with Bradley Farrington, Andy Moule, Programme Area Manager for Construction, ESOL, SFL and Community Learning, Trevor Jarvis of Trevita Homes who judges the Carpentry competition, College Principal John Callaghan and Jake Eaborn.