National Apprenticeship Week 2019

During the 12th National Apprenticeship Week, which took place from 4th – 8th March, Colchester Institute held multiple events that provided information and guidance about apprenticeships as an excellent career path.

The first event of the week was an Apprenticeship Information Evening, which took place on Tuesday 5th March 2019 from 5-7pm at the College’s Colchester Campus. The event was a chance for prospective apprentices to communicate with employers, current apprentices and Colchester Institute’s apprenticeship team about the opportunities available to them.

The second event of the week took place at the College’s Braintree Campus. A day event took place from 8:30am-3pm and the Campus was open to the public from 4-7pm.Throughout the day, an estimated 1,200 Year 10 students were welcomed from schools around the Braintree District area. The event, organised in partnership with Braintree IAG Cluster Group, Braintree District Employment and Skills Board and Make Happen, highlighted the benefits of apprenticeships

The event was held in the College’s STEM Innovation Centre with MP for Braintree, James Cleverly also in attendance. Mr Cleverly is familiar with the College, having previously attended the launch of the centre back in 2017.

A variety of employers, exhibitors, current apprentices and the College’s own apprenticeship team were on hand to offer a wealth of information aimed at helping students to make an informed decision about their future options. The campus was then opened to the public at 4pm, where anyone was welcome to come and find out more about apprenticeships.

There are often misconceptions that apprentices can only be recent school leavers. In fact there is no upper age limit for undertaking an apprenticeship, with many organisations using apprenticeships as a rigorous training method for existing members of staff, no matter how old they are.

Amanda Drew, Head of Apprenticeships at Colchester Institute commented:

“There are many good reasons why you may wish to start your career on an apprenticeship. As an apprentice you will be paid a wage whilst you are in training. Many apprenticeships now start at a level 3 (A-level equivalent) with opportunities to progress onto degree apprenticeships at no cost to you! That’s right; you can become degree level qualified and have no debt. As your knowledge, skills and behaviours develop as an apprentice, you become the ideal person to be offered a contract with your employer once your apprenticeship is successfully achieved. The apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your career whether you are aged 16 or 60. Come and find out more about apprenticeships and explore how the apprenticeship route can successfully lead you into your future career aspirations.”