Colchester Institute joins Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

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The College’s active commitment to apprenticeships has been further recognised through its addition to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (ROATP), as one of the Government’s selected providers of apprenticeship training. In November 2016, all colleges and training providers were notified that in order to continue delivering apprenticeships to employers beyond May 2017, they were required to follow two robust Government procurement processes to enable them to support employers with using the funds in their Digital Apprenticeship Account.

Colchester MP Will Quince reiterated his praise for Colchester Institute’s strive to encourage apprenticeships as a route to a successful career by saying:

‘I am hugely supportive of the apprenticeship movement and back Colchester Institute with its ambition to deliver high quality meaningful apprenticeships to young people across North Essex. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn while you earn, get a foot in the door, gain experience and develop skills within an established business. The Government has plans to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and organisations like Colchester Institute are key to delivering this objective.’

As part of the nationwide National Apprenticeship Week campaign, Colchester Institute recently hosted an information evening to provide future apprentices and parents with more of an informed understanding of this learning route. Local and regional employers exhibited on the night to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships, with current apprentices on hand to talk about their experiences. Colchester Institute’s new robot Pepper was also in attendance, greeting guests as they arrived to the event. Amanda Drew, Head of Apprenticeships at the College was delighted with the success of the evening commenting:

“Those attending the event were able to fully consider the apprenticeship learning package as an alternative to full time and part time education, where they are earning a wage as they seek to become skilled and qualified in their chosen career path. The evening encouraged attendees to consider apprenticeships as a debt free option to obtaining a higher level or degree qualification.”