Apprenticeship Week 20117th February 2011
This week is National Apprenticeship Week (7th – 11th February). The annual event aims to raise the profile of Apprenticeships, highlighting the talents and skills of apprentices, the range of Apprenticeships available and the benefits of employing and supporting apprentices in the workplace.
Calderdale Training, the Employer Responsive arm of Calderdale College, offers Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in a number of skill areas including Brick Craft, Childcare, Customer Service, Electrical Installation, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, Joinery, Plumbing, Retail Financial Services, Sports Activity Leadership and Supporting Teaching & Learning in the Classroom.
Calderdale Training is currently developing ways of delivering innovative and bespoke Work Based Learning programmes for creative businesses. The initiative aims not only to provide welcome administrative support for small businesses, allowing more time for creativity, but also to provide a stimulating environment for the apprentices. To address possible concerns of small businesses around cost implications of employing an apprentice in uncertain economic times, the programme allows businesses to share an apprentice, who will spend two days a week at each business as well as one day a week studying in College. The scheme also allows the apprentice to gain greater experience and develop a broader skill base by working across two organisations.
Currently employed at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Business Administration apprentice Tom Keegan said “I really enjoy coming to work here; the people are really friendly, easy to get on with and have really creative minds. My confidence has increased and I now feel like I have both the communication and the practical skills I need to develop my career”.
For more information about Apprenticeships, visit the Work Based Learning area of the website or contact Tony Tighe on 01422 399325.