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Weymouth College is joining educators up and down the country in celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024.

Weymouth College is celebrating the personal and professional achievements of our apprentices, as well as showcasing the great opportunities

National Apprenticeship Week highlights the significance of apprenticeships in fostering skills development, bridging the gap between education and employment, and propelling individuals towards successful careers.

This week is the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices in their personal and professional growth, and showcase the excellent opportunities Weymouth College can offer students who want to earn while they learn and gain real-life industry experience.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

Benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship

Hands-on Experience: Apprenticeships provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a specific industry. This practical exposure allows apprentices to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of their chosen field.

Skill Development: Apprenticeships are designed to nurture a diverse set of skills. From technical competencies to soft skills like communication and teamwork, apprenticeships empower individuals with a well-rounded skill set that is highly sought after by employers.

Earn While You Learn: Unlike traditional education paths, apprenticeships allow individuals to earn a wage while they learn. This not only provides financial stability but also instills a sense of responsibility and commitment to the job.

Industry Recognition: Completing an apprenticeship demonstrates a commitment to professional development and industry expertise. Employers value the practical experience gained during apprenticeships, often leading to increased employability and career advancement.

Pathway to Employment: Apprenticeships often serve as a direct pathway to employment. Many apprentices are offered permanent positions by their employers upon successful completion of their programmes, eliminating the uncertainty often associated with post-graduation job searches.

Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply for an Apprenticeship. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £5.28 per hour if you are under 19 old or aged 19 or over but in the first year of your apprenticeship. After this time the National Minimum Wage relevant to your age applies.

So whether you’re a school leaver, a career changer, or someone looking to upskill, Apprenticeships cater to various backgrounds. The key requirements typically include a willingness to learn, a passion for the chosen industry, and a commitment to both work and study.

Why choose Weymouth College for your Apprenticeship?

Weymouth College has much to offer its Apprenticeship students, including an enriching learning experience that sets the stage for a successful career.

Varied Career Pathways: From business administration and accountancy, to hairdressing, healthcare, electrical work or engineering – Weymouth College works closely with a wide range of local employers to offer Apprenticeships in a variety of fields.

Industry Standard Facilities: Weymouth College boasts state-of-the-art facilities that mirror the latest industry standards. Apprentices have access to cutting-edge equipment and resources, ensuring they are well-prepared for the demands of their chosen professions.

Outstanding Student Support: The college is committed to providing outstanding support to its students. Our highly-qualified teaching staff have a wealth of experience across multiple industries and our Student Service steam ensure everyone benefits from a nurturing environment that encourages growth and success.

Student Benefits: Weymouth College goes the extra mile by offering exclusive benefits to students, including those undertaking an Apprenticeship. For example, heavily discounted membership to the Weymouth College Community Sports Centre highlights the importance we place on a healthy work-life balance and the overall wellbeing of our students beyond the classroom.

Ellie Hubble, who completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship with Weymouth College and Redtale Holdings Ltd, has spoken about why this was the right route for her.

“When I left school, I knew I wanted to go into business/finance and I felt that an apprenticeship was the best way forward as I was able to study the course content whilst gaining on the job training and experience.

“I have loved my apprenticeship as it has given me the opportunity to gain some really strong working relationships with my colleagues as well as the experience of working in an office environment.

“Leaving school, I had no idea what to expect of an apprenticeship/office environment. But it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made as it has made a huge impact on preparing me for my career and given me the opportunity to gain the required skills to work in an office environment, as well as to enhance my people skills to develop working relationships, both with my colleagues, and with customers outside of the organisation.”

This week, Weymouth College will be celebrate the success of all its apprentices at a special lunch event, which will be attended by South Dorset MP Richard Drax, among other VIP guests and local employers.

The College will also be showcasing Apprenticeships alongside all other course routes at an Open Event from 5.30pm on Tuesday, 6th February.

You can also find out more about our Apprenticeship opportunities here: Apprenticeships – Weymouth College

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