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9th February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week 2022

What is National Apprenticeships Week (NAW)? 

This week, 7th-13th February, marks National Apprenticeships Week 2022, which aims to highlight the positive impact that apprenticeships can make to businesses, individuals, and the wider economy. 
 
This year’s theme is ‘Build the Future’, focusing on how individuals can develop the skillset needed for a rewarding career, and highlighting how businesses can nurture and create a talented workforce to suit future-ready skills. 


Why are apprenticeships useful?

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for people of all ages to earn whilst they learn. The College works with over 1000 employers to give our learners the highest quality Apprenticeships.” 
Lindsey Meadows, Head of Apprenticeships 
 
Apprenticeships are highly beneficial for any organisation looking to develop a diverse workplace and adapting training to meet their business needs and have proven an effective way to nurture a culture of learning within the workforce through recognising potential and developing skills. More and more businesses are recognising the positive impact that apprenticeships are adding to their workforce, with 86% of employers saying that apprenticeships helped them to develop skills relevant to the organisation. 
 
An apprenticeship is a real job, combined with skills and training to equip you for a career in your chosen profession. They are available for anyone aged 16 and over and are available at a range of levels, from Level 2 all the way up to degree-level apprenticeships.


  
What makes The City of Liverpool College a great apprenticeships provider?

Here at The City of Liverpool College, we are proud to be Liverpool’s leading provider of Apprenticeships, helping hundreds of people start their careers across a range of industries, working with employers such as the NHS, Wilmott Dixon, Laing O’Rourke and Vital Energy. Our apprentices earn whilst they learn, attend College and training on the job to practice and develop their industry-level skillset.

Photo: The City of Liverpool College’s Lindsey Meadows and Lynton Perry alongside Marshall Fleet Solutions’ Mick Ward and David Darrington with the special delivery
 
As well as the vast range of apprenticeship job opportunities our employer partners provide, they often also go above and beyond to invest in our apprentices. One recent example was the recent donation of a T500 Over-cab Transport Refrigeration Unit from one of our employers, Marshall Fleet Solutions. Having this incredible piece of equipment at the college will give our students and apprentices access to high quality and industry current training that will further enhance their skills and improve the overall quality of their learning. We look forward to working with Marshall well into the future in the continued development of the Transport Refrigeration industry. 
 
Managing Director of Marshall Fleet Solutions, Mark Howell, said: “I’m not aware of any other business in our sector going to these lengths to train our young and upcoming talent!” 
 
We offer over 50 apprenticeship courses across a variety of industries. Apprentices learn in our industry standard workshops and purpose-built facilities, such as our Digital Academy, Bosch certified Gas workshops and Building Services workshops. Our apprentices are supported by our expert College tutors and experienced Skills Coaches throughout their programme, offering their knowledge and expertise to grow talent.


 What’s it like to be an apprentice?

For the apprentices themselves, being involved in hands-on training is an exciting prospect, with apprenticeships available at multiple levels to suit individual experience in a variety of careers. In addition to developing skillsets, apprenticeships are also a fantastic way of building confidence in your career prospects. 
 
e.g., Georgia Whalley-Smith, Safeguarding Administration Support, who is currently working at The City of Liverpool College said: 

“I joined the Safeguarding Team as their Admin Support Apprentice two weeks before the Christmas break, so I’m sure you can imagine just how busy everybody was! Despite this, I was welcomed so warmly by the whole team and have been given so many opportunities to learn. My role has grown with me, which has helped me to feel settled in the role and developed my self-confidence. I’m so grateful for the constant support of my team and I can’t wait to see how my role continues to develop in the coming months!”


 What do our employers and apprentices have to say? 

Photo: Social Value Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction, Gill Roberts, pictured with photography competition prize-winning students
 
Gill Roberts – Social Value Manager, Morgan Sindall Construction: 
“My name is Gill Roberts, I’m the Social Value Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction in the North West. We have been working with The City of Liverpool College for a number of years now, but this year we have finalised that partnership in an Educational Partnership. 
 
With our Paddington Village project in the centre of Liverpool, we feel that our partnership with The City of Liverpool College has really improved. The students have been able to come over into our Knowledge Quad, which is our onsite training facility and utilise that space to be right in the centre of a construction site.” 
 
To improve the way that we interact with students, we like to think outside of the box, so one such project has been the photography competition. We wanted people to look up and appreciate the City of Liverpool and the wonderful buildings and architecture that there are in the city.” 
 
 
Winner: Daniel Cassidy – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment:

Daniel Cassidy, a student on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment said: “I’ve been trying to get as much work experience as I can, and the college has really supported that and given me a lot of opportunities. 
 
“Morgan Sindall did an online work experience for a week at the college where there were experts from the industry; Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and Engineers that gave talks on their roles in the industry and gave us some information on how we can be engaged. 
 
“I completed the week of Virtual Work Experience, and I was approached about a work experience placement at one of Morgan Sindall’s sites at Paddington Village. I really enjoyed it – there was so much information and insight into the industry. I got to spend time with all the different disciplines on the site; the quantity surveyors, project managers, site engineers and the site managers. It was great to experience what they did day-to-day in the industry, how they manage the site, and how they impacted the project and to learn as much as I could from them.” 
 
For more info on NAW, click here: 
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/influencers/what-is-naw-2022  
 
To find out more and apply for an apprenticeship, please visit The City of Liverpool College’s page:  
https://www.liv-coll.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

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