Apprenticeship Awareness

Colchester Institute’s Braintree Campus welcomed 1,200 Year 10 school pupils this National Apprenticeship Week. The event, organised in partnership with Braintree IAG Cluster Group, Braintree District Employment and Skills Board and Make Happen, provided pupils with the chance to talk to employers, apprenticeship providers and the College’s apprenticeship team about their interests and explore how an apprenticeship could suit them.

Not only did students get to gain valuable information about apprenticeships but they got to see the College’s state-of-the-art facilities, receiving a tour from Director of STEM Innovation, Adam Ward.

Colchester Institute’s Director of STEM Innovation, Adam Ward commented: “The event was a brilliant opportunity to show students the incredible facilities that we have at our Braintree campus. They were really engaged and genuinely seemed interested in apprenticeships, especially in the STEM area.”

Pictured alongside Adam Ward in front of the College’s newest development, the Learning and Technology Centre are James Cleverly MP for Braintree, Clare Pipe, Lead of the Braintree IAG Group and Lynne Pembroke from Alec Hunter. Mr Cleverly said: “It was great to see so many young people looking at apprenticeships as a career route. The college and local employers are working together to make sure people have the right skills to thrive. Everyone involved can feel justifiably proud.”


The new build will house a state-of-the-art Digital Media Centre, along with teaching areas, workshops and computer suites. The visiting Year 10 pupils could well be using the new facility themselves in the future.

Those who are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships at Colchester Institute are advised to visit