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April/May 2017




Salford City College celebrate their Apprenticeship Awards Evening On Thursday 9 March, Salford City College held its highly anticipated annual Apprenticeship Awards Evening at FutureSkills @MediaCityUK. The awards recognised some of the region’s most outstanding Apprentices and employers as part of the College’s celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. In his welcome speech to the evening’s guests, Deputy Principal, Michael Walsh said, “All week, we have been celebrating Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy; and this evening will serve as a showcase of the outstanding talent Salford has to offer”. CEO and Principal, John Spindler then took to the stage to share the Apprentice-related highlights, which included the announcement of Salford City College being number 1 for Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester with an outstanding 81% pass rate, (approximately 13% above the national average). The special guest speaker for the evening was Andrew Thorp who is an award-winning speaker and founder of the School of Mojo. He has appeared on many business and educational platforms around the world and coaches people to tell a better story about themselves and their organisation and shared inspirational real-life stories of successful people who started from humble beginnings. Other speakers at the ceremony included John Jordan from Pendleton Together, which to date has supported 328 job outcomes, 85 new Apprenticeships, 149 work placement opportunities and has delivered, in partnership with Salford City College three bespoke traineeships. He said, “I am proud of our partnership, not many areas are blessed with a college like this and this doesn’t exist everywhere”. Awards were then given out to Apprentices and employers from a range of sectors, with the

ceremony concluding with the announcement of the ‘Apprentices of the Year’. ‘Young Apprentice of the Year’ title was given to Shannon Purcell (Childcare, Ladybird Day Nursey) ‘Adult Apprentice of the Year’ award went to John Horrocks (Health & Social Care, Unlimited Potential). Employer of the Year Award (Public Sector) was taken by Salford City Council, Employer of the Year Award (Private Sector) went to Seddon Construction, a joint award for Employer of the Year Award (SME) went to MCT Joinery and The Chiverton Tap, and the Partnership Award went to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. If you would like to find out about Salford City College’s Apprenticeship vacancies or if you are an employer who is looking to enhance their workforce by employing an Apprentice or upskilling existing staff, please call the Apprenticeships Team for more details, on 0161 631 5555, or email apprenticeships@

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