National Apprenticeship Week
Next week is National Apprenticeship Week and since apprenticeships have recently undergone major reform, there has never been a better time for learners and businesses to benefit.
While Apprenticeships have long been associated with areas such as plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, and bricklaying, this on-the-job training route has expanded greatly over recent years to include more career options than ever before. Apprenticeships are now available in many roles from Departmental Manager to Cyber Security Technologist, and you can be any age, Apprenticeships aren’t just for school-leavers!
South Essex College is constantly working to support Apprenticeships in traditional trades, but also identify other areas that will benefit both learners and employers.
One example of this is the College recently launching a Marine Engineering Apprenticeship. Despite the Thames Estuary being a thriving hive of maritime activity, there was no specific marine engineering programme in the South East of the country until the College launched its course in October.
The College is in a prime position to offer the course, with Essex boasting 360 miles of coastline and 95 marinas, bringing the much needed training to apprentices’ doorsteps.
Lecturer Simon Lofting said it was a fantastic opportunity for those looking to start their career in the industry.
He said: “There is a huge call for marine engineers across the world, however they are few and far between.
“For decades apprentices in marine engineering have been placed on motor vehicle courses in the absence of marine engineering courses, or they have had to study in the far north and south of the country where these courses exist. Now those interested in marine engineering have access to a course specifically for them.”
Whatever your chosen career path, Apprenticeships are a perfect way to gain the skills employers look for when recruiting new staff. What’s more, Apprentices earn a wage while they learn and research shows that those who choose an Apprenticeship route can earn on average £100,000 more during their career than those who do not.
For businesses, Apprenticeships are a very cost effective way of growing workforces of skilled, enthusiastic and motivated individuals to help businesses succeed.
The College has a dedicated Apprenticeship team to support learners and businesses throughout the Apprenticeship programme. You can contact the team to find out more via [email protected]
Follow the College on Twitter @SouthEssexColl, and Facebook /SouthEssexCollege throughout National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) for information about Apprenticeships and how you can benefit.