THERE HAS NEVER BEEN
A BETTER TIME TO BE
‘RISING STAR’ HEATHER BEARDALL IS SALFORD CITY COLLEGE’S APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
FROM APPRENTICE TO COUNCILLOR FORMER SALFORD CITY COLLEGE APPRENTICE BECOMES THE YOUNGEST EVER SALFORD COUNCILLOR
ASPIRATIONS WITH A HAIR & BEAUTY APPRENTICESHIP COMPLIMENTARY COPY
CONTENTS 03 Become a Salford City College Apprentice 04 Raise your aspirations with a Hair & Beauty Apprenticeship 06 Apprenticeships at Salford City College celebrate apprentices & employers on National Apprenticeship Week at Salford City College 12 From apprentice to riches: the former apprentice rich list 14 Former Salford City College apprentice becomes the youngest ever Salford councillor 15 Morson Group’s ‘rising star’ is Salford City College’s Apprentice of the Year
16 Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the spark out of your career! 17 Cavâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Column 18 There has never been
a better time to be an apprentice in the construction industry
0161 631 5555
20 Building hope
Meet the apprentice: former Salford City College apprentices are climbing the career ladder
24 Careers in hair
The range, levels and quality of apprenticeship opportunities are better then they have ever been.
Welcome to our third edition of Achieve. We are delighted with the feedback we have had from our first two editions. The focus of this edition is on our amazing apprentices! In March we celebrated the success of our apprentices at our Annual Apprenticeship Awards. This event has been running for five years now, and it gets better every year. Like any awards evening, there were some truly fantastic winners, who deserved their special moment of recognition. None more so then our Overall Apprentice of the Year - Heather Beardall, from Morson. Another apprentice who had a large role on the evening was Laura Edwards, who stunned the audience with an honest and passionate speech. Laura described how her apprenticeship has provided a brilliant platform for her career, giving her the skills and confidence to progress. Little did we know that only two months later Laura would be voted in as the youngest ever Salford Councillor, as she is appointed in the Walkden South seat. Congratulations Laura! There is no doubt that the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;apprenticeship movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is gathering significant momentum. The range, levels and quality of apprenticeship opportunities are better than they have ever been. The new Institute for Apprenticeships, introduced last year, is having a very positive impact, driving forward quality developments in the apprenticeship sector and really placing apprenticeships at the heart of the skills agenda in the UK. As a college we continue to develop and grow in reaction to the improving apprenticeship landscape. We continue to implement the new apprenticeship standards as and
when they become available. We have also introduced a range of new apprenticeship programmes to meet demand of regional business. We now have a number of apprentices in financial services, and will soon have our first project managers and digital marketers on board. To support all of our brilliant delivery, we have also appointed a new digital partner - Smart Apprentice. Smart Apprentice are the leading provider of digital solutions to the sector, providing state-of-theart learning and assessment platforms. They give apprentices and employers alike superb resources to drive forward with apprenticeship programmes. The sector is well-known for change and current times are no different. Our key asset when it comes to dealing with change is our staff. We have a brilliant team of dedicated, hardworking and loyal apprenticeship experts on board with great adaptability and a wealth of knowledge of the sector. We are in the top 13% of colleges nationally for apprenticeship achievement rates and within the top 5% in the North West. Feedback from both apprentices and employers is always incredibly high when it comes to the professionalism and ability of our staff. So, as we move towards a busy summer, with apprentices completing their programmes and new apprentices just starting out, it really is a time to celebrate some of the fantastic success stories we have had. Stories of new careers and opportunities provided by apprenticeships. It really is a great time to be a Salford City College apprentice!
Head of Apprenticeships & Partnerships, Senior Leadership
Head of Apprenticeship & Business Development
Head of Apprenticeship Delivery
Salford City College are in the top 13% of colleges, for apprenticeship achievement rates, nationally - and within the top 5% in the North West. At Salford City College, 80% of apprentices succeed in completing their apprenticeship and go on to further employment, which is an incredible 11% above the national average. The college boasts having over 1,100 apprentices on programme, the majority of whom are employed in one of the key growth sectors in Greater Manchester: health and social care, professional and financial services, construction or education. And they aren’t stopping there, the college have implemented an ambitious growth plan to raise this number, with a view of having 2,000 apprentices on programme by 2021. It’s been an extremely busy couple of months for the college and their apprenticeship team, with National Apprenticeship Week back in March, as well as their Annual Apprenticeship Awards in the same week.
Apprenticeships are more popular than ever before, offering a way to develop the skills of an individual that are specifically desired by the employer, and gain them a qualification at no cost to themselves. In the last academic year, just under half a million people started an apprenticeship in the UK, whilst supported by an employer. This is more than double the amount of people who embarked on an apprenticeship in the 2007/8 academic year – showing just how prevalent they are becoming. They help people prepare for a long and successful career, while enabling businesses to develop the talent they need to thrive. On Thursday 8 March the college also hosted their Annual Apprenticeship Awards, where they celebrated outstanding apprentice talent and the very best employer partnerships – find out more about the event on pages 6-7.
Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is huge for Salford City College. It is the week we celebrate what apprenticeships can offer both individuals and businesses alike. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week was apprenticeships work – and we believe they do. “For the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team, it was an incredibly busy week. They met with as many people as possible from across Greater Manchester who wish to be an apprentice. On Friday 9 March we opened our doors to anyone considering an apprenticeship and invited them in to meet with employers from across the city.
“The team are always looking for the very best talent to ensure the companies we provide a free apprenticeship recruitment service to get the best employees, and we are extremely proud of the work we do for 400 of the best local and national companies we have already partnered with.”
ASPIRATIONS with a Hair & Beauty Apprenticeship
S E C T O R
F O C U S :
Hair and beauty apprenticeships at Salford City College are unique. Not only will you be working at an independent, Salford or Greater Manchester based business, learning on the job by those already successful within the industry; but you will also be able to utilise the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible staff expertise, facilities and the one of a kind opportunities they provide for apprentices.
Hair and beauty apprentices will spend one-day a week at Worsley College, benefitting from dedicated training provided by skilled and experienced teaching staff. Worsley has an exceptional local reputation, boasting 100-years of teaching and learning, and providing opportunities for students, apprentices and employers within the area. It was in fact the first college nationally to offer continuation courses for local businesses to train their apprentices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; leading the way for apprenticeship provision throughout the country. Worsley is also home to the brand-new, industry standard, professional, Aspirations Salon. Aspirations is a state-of-the-art facility with the most up to date equipment and kit, designed specifically for quality training.
H A I R
B E A U T Y
K A R E N K AYA
Worsley College is home to a breadth of expert teaching staff, including Head of Department, Karen Kaya. Karen started her hair and beauty journey at just 13-years-old and in 1976 she won the British Junior Hairdressing Championships, starting off her success at an early age. In 1987 Karen became a business owner opening her own salon before training further in the field. She is a highly trained specialist, with a qualification in education, advanced hairdressing and has even completed her master colour awards with Wella. She has worked in colleges training individuals for more than 15-years and has even helped develop the first HND media make-up course in the country. During her time in hairdressing, Karen has been heavily involved in the competition world. From winning awards as a junior to becoming part of the British Hairdressing Federation’s Hairdressing Squad, competing around the world. For this role, Karen has to sit exams every 18-months to ensure she is on top of her game, and as a result, for the last seven years she has represented the UK in Moscow,Vienna, Brussels, Seoul, Chicago and Paris. In September 2017 she attended the World Hair and Body Painting Championships in Paris as a judge, and in 2016 she won a medal of excellence for her judging professionalism at the OMC Hairworld Championships.
We ensure our hair and beauty apprentices have a voice. If there is something you need or want to learn, we listen and endeavour to teach you the skills you want and need, which means your qualification is shaped by you as much as possible. Enrichment opportunities are abundant, giving you extra skills and training to add to your CV.You might be having a spray tan masterclass or learning the art of ear piercing, regardless, all of our extra-curricular activities are fun and informative and designed to help you further your career. As a college, we also have outstanding industry links meaning talks and demonstrations are ample. We have links with industry leading names like Wella and MAC, and often have professional hair stylists and makeup artists come in to give demonstrations and masterclasses. With an apprenticeship you’ll be earning while you are learning. Gaining industry experience and a wage, whilst still having access to an educational, college environment and all the benefits that come with that. Jessica Tobin, one of our hair and beauty apprentices works at La Bonita Beauty, she said: “The college are really good and so it my assessor. If there is anything my employer thinks I need to learn, my assessor and staff at the college always make sure I learn what I need to and get the skills I need.” If you are interested in a Level 2 or 3 Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship, you can start at any point in the year and will be supported throughout your qualification by the college’s dedicated Apprenticeships Team. For more information call: 0161 631 5555.
JESSICA TOBIN HAIR & BEAUTY APPRENTICE
“You could tell that the other apprentices were really proud of being selected for their awards too, just by the looks on their faces as they went up onto the stage – it was an absolute honour.” Kate was one of 18 winners to take to the stage on the night, which included seven employer category winners.
Salford City College held their Annual Apprenticeship Awards in March, in celebration of their apprentice talent and the incredible employer partnerships they have across the city. And quite suitably, the event took place during National Apprenticeship Week. ‘Tonight, thanks to Salford City College I received an award which genuinely took my breath away’, were the words of the Outstanding Contribution Awardee, Roy Cavanagh MBE. Roy, who has developed a national reputation in construction and apprenticeship training, and who has been responsible for supporting and developing the skills of over 3000 apprentices in his 51 years at Seddon Construction, was honoured by the Chief Executive of Salford City Council, Jim Taylor, on the night. Jim said: “It is Roy’s passion for Salford which is the reason why he is receiving this award. For a number of years, he has supported this organisation, Salford City College, and many others in Salford, sharing ideas, advice and experience. “Roy finds solutions, he links people up and he makes things happen. More often than not, those ‘things’ result in the people of Salford benefitting. Be that an apprenticeship opportunity, a work experience placement, an interview or introduction.” But Roy was not the only one honoured at the event. In fact, it was the college’s apprentices that were the real stars of the evening. Head of Apprenticeship & Business Development at Salford City College, and host for the night, Allan Milne, said in his introductions: “Tonight we’ll be celebrating the talent, accomplishments, enthusiasm and dedication of our own apprentices. This is the most important part of the evening – we are celebrating the best of the best.” The college offer apprenticeships in a variety of sectors, all in occupational areas of growth within Greater Manchester. Allan continued: “Each sector we deliver apprenticeships in will have its own Apprentice of the Year Award, which is credit to the high calibre of talent we have across each and every area.” There were nine apprentice sector categories recognised in total including catering and hospitality, childcare and business and professional. Kate Herbert, winner of the Creative and Digital Apprentice of the Year Award shared a few words on the night: “I still can’t believe that I was chosen. It feels strange to be rewarded for showing up to work every day and just doing my job. But, it’s great to know that I must be doing something right!
There were awards for small and medium employers of the year, and two awards for large employer of the year – one for the private sector and one for the public. There were also awards for traineeship of the year, partnership of the year and the college also acknowledged their sector based work academy, which is run in conjunction with the Salford Royal NHS Trust. But, the real champion of the night was Overall Apprentice of the Year, Heather Beardall. The grand finale saw Heather, an apprentice with Morson Group, awarded the highest accolade of the event. Judges whittled down all of the apprentice sector winners to just one person, with Heather walking away triumphant. Allan made the final announcement stating: “This apprentice has been said to reflect her company’s core values. She shows great integrity, she always delivers on her promises, she has great ideas and takes every opportunity to better herself without refusing a challenge.” On top of the awards, guests and nominees were treated to a performance from Pendleton Sixth Form College’s Consort of Voices – their flagship choir. The choir, made up of around ten Pendleton Performing Arts students, perform regularly, with a full season of concerts and shows throughout the year. Guests were also welcomed to FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, where the event took place, by the beautiful voice of Kitty Davies, one of their creative music students. Special guests on the night also included the elected City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, who spoke about the current economic climate within Salford and his hopes for industry and education to combine. Laura Edwards, an apprentice, nominee and also then Walkden South candidate for Labour, spoke at the event about her apprenticeship journey, offering inspiration for apprentices and employers alike. She said: “Thanks to my apprenticeship, I’m now excited about education.” As a whole, National Apprenticeship Week is a joyous occasion for Salford City College. Like other providers up and down the county it is their opportunity to celebrate all that apprenticeships can offer both individuals and businesses alike. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or hiring one, please contact the Salford City College Apprenticeship Team on 0161 631 5555.
SEE OVERLEAF FOR OUR FANTASTIC WINNERS!
Business and Professional Apprentice of the Year and Overall Apprentice of the Year
Construction Apprentice of the Year
Heather always gives 150%. She is passionate, determined and always complete her work to the highest of standards. She has a very bright future ahead of her.
BJD PAINTERS & DECORATORS LTD
Liam started his apprenticeship after completing the Pendleton Together traineeship with the college.
“Apart from winning this award, the highlight of my
apprenticeship so far has been going down to London to gain work experience there. I feel I get a lot of opportunities like this within my apprenticeship.”
MANDY MCMAHON CHATSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL
KATE HERBERT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE
Education & Learning Apprentice of the Year Award
Creative & Digital Apprentice of the Year Award
Mandy was already a teaching assistant, but decided to undertake an apprenticeship to upskill.
Kate hopes to take the skills and experience she has gained as an apprentice here is Salford, to launch a career in graphic design, in Dubai.
“I enjoy learning, that’s why I chose an apprenticeship.
Even though you do the job, and have done it for years, an apprenticeship helps you reflect on your practice. I’ve learnt the theory behind my practice and it has made me stop and think what I’m doing right and what I could do better.”
“I still can’t believe that I was chosen. It feels strange
to be rewarded for showing up to work every day and just doing my job. But, it’s great to know that I must be doing something right!” 9
LA BONITA BEAUTY
Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year
Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year
Jessica hopes to one day own her own salon and believes an apprenticeship will help make her dream come true.
Jolene is completing an apprenticeship to help further her career within the catering industry.
“When you enjoy doing something, you want to do it
“I wasn’t expecting to win, it was a big surprise.
well don’t you? And I just really enjoy it! I think that’s why I won this award.”
Everyone at work and in the office has been saying what a big thing it is to win.”
SAMUEL MCGAULEY ENGIE Building Services & Engineering Apprentice of the Year Sam has been described as a credit to his employer and displays a great determination to develop his skills and become a fully qualified building services engineer.
ELIZABETH BLEARS RUTH BLEARS LITTLE PEOPLE
Childcare Apprentices of the Year Both are passionate, flexible, enthusiastic and always willing to go that extra mile. They are superb role models for others and set very high standards.
HADNET LIBAB SUE PORTER Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year Hadnet has been described as the most enthusiastic apprentice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet. Always smiling, wanting to learn and progress in her career. Here our winners are pictured with Head of Apprenticeships and Partnerships, Debbie Ward, and City Mayor, Councillor Paul Dennett.
EMPLOYER AWARD WINNERS SMALL EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR - TMJ CONTRACTORS MEDIUM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR - HARMONY HOMECARE LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR: PUBLIC SECTOR - CITYWIDE SERVICES LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR: PRIVATE SECTOR - SEDDON TRAINEE OF THE YEAR - CRAIG CATLEY PARTNERSHIP AWARD - SALFORD ROYAL NHS TRUST (PART OF THE NORTHERN CARE ALLIANCE) SECTOR BASED WORK ACADEMY AWARD - ANTHONY RICE
FROM APPRENTICE Apprenticeships may be on the rise nationally, but for some of the country’s most successful former apprentices, it is their bank balances that have seen a rise since completing their qualiﬁcations. Here are some of the best known, and most well-off, former apprentices. SIR TERRY MATTHEWS Chairmen of Mitel – Former Post Ofﬁce Research apprentice
Photo: Western Mail
SIR ALEX FERGUSON Ex-Manchester United Manager – Former Shipyard apprentice
ROSS BRAWN Photo: Anita Maric/newsteam.co.uk
LORD BAMFORD Chairman of JCB - Former apprentice at Massey Ferguson
Formula One Managing Director – Former mechanical engineering apprentice Fact: Ross is from Greater Manchester
Photo: Dominic O’Neill
JOHN CAUDWELL Founder of Phones4u – Former engineering apprentice
Founder of Graff Diamonds - Former apprentice jeweller
Fact: Graff is often referred to as the King of Diamonds
CHARLIE MULLINS Founder of Pimlico Plumbers – Former apprentice plumber Fact: Charlie was Britain’s first ‘millionaire plumber’
Photo: Paul Lewis
TO RICHES: RICH LIST
THE FORMER APPRENTICE
Photo: Matt Writtle
JOHN FRIEDA Celebrity Hairdresser – Former apprentice hairdresser
STELLA McCARTNEY SIR IAN MCKELLEN Fashion Designer – Former apprentice tailor on Saville Row
Actor – Former theatre apprentice
Fact: Stella has one of the most successful brands in the country and designed the GB kit for the 2012 Olympics
Fact: He played Gandalf in Lord of The Rings and Magneto in the X-Men franchise WORTH
RAMSAY Celebrity Chef – Former catering apprentice
DAVID BECKHAM Footballer – Former apprentice within the youth training scheme Fact: He is the richest British sports star ever
Fact: in 2016 Gordon Ramsey earnt as much as Beyonce
JAMIE OLIVER Celebrity Chef – Former catering apprentice WORTH
FORMER SALFORD CITY COLLEGE APPRENTICE BECOMES THE YOUNGEST EVER SALFORD COUNCILLOR Laura Edwards, who has just completed her Education and Learning Apprenticeship with Salford City College and Gaddum, has been elected as Labour Councillor for Walkden South, making her the youngest ever Salford Councillor, at just 19 years of age. Laura announced after her win: “What an absolute honour it is to be elected as a Labour Councillor for Walkden South and the youngest ever councillor in Salford. “I cannot believe we’ve achieved the biggest majority for any party in Walkden South since 2011. “We had people voting for the first time in their life because we were offering something for the kids on their estate. We had older residents who’ve voted for 50 plus, now years voting Labour for the first time in their life because they’ve seen the work Richard and I do for the area.” Laura is a passionate young influencer who credits her apprenticeship for helping her decide what she wanted to pursue in life. For her apprenticeships, she worked at The Gaddum Centre, a leading provider of services to disadvantaged people in Greater Manchester. As her apprenticeship ended earlier this year, she was offered a full-time position with the company as a support worker. She said: “My apprenticeships was an experience that I am so much better for having. “It has helped to figure out what I wanted to do and made me more sure about my future. I love my job role, and have learnt so 140
much in my apprenticeship. It was such an honour working with Salford’s most inspirational young people as they taught me so much.
“I wanted to use the skills I had gained running events, working with people and standing up for others locally to make a difference to communities.” And now Laura will have the chance to as Councillor for Walkden South, but, this isn’t her first stint in politics. In 2015, Laura was elected Member of Youth Parliament for Salford. As part of her role she ran youth events, launched a mental health campaign, spoke in the Houses of Parliament and ran a steering group for young people in Salford to get them engaged with politics. As her role in youth parliament came to an end, she stood to be on the UK Youth Parliament Procedures Group, representing the North West. Laura was the first person ever from Greater Manchester to take this role. As part of this position she was responsible for running the UK Youth Parliament’s Survey in the North West, and the 32% turnout they received remains the highest ever turnout the survey has seen. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Laura, one of Greater Manchester’s most inspirational young people, why not check the new Salford City College Apprenticeship Guide, and find your perfect next step.
MORSON GROUP’S ‘RISING STAR’ IS SALFORD CITY COLLEGE’S APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR Heather Beardall, Salford City College’s Apprentice of the Year, has been described as a ‘rising star’ by her employer, Morson Group. When asked about her feelings towards Heather’s award win, Becki Ross, Head of HR at Morson Group, said: “I’m really proud of her, she is our rising star.” And when asked why she thinks Heather came out triumphant at the awards, she replied: “She is very focused, she has been determined to get the qualifications and she is always open to learning. “Any initiative we have she wants to be involved, she even goes in and talks to schools about her own journey and why an apprenticeship was a good choice for her.”
Heather pictured with Becki Ross, Head of HR at Morson
And Heather’s passion for her apprenticeship, and career, certainly showed when she was asked about her own feelings following the awards.
How does it feel to be awarded Apprentice of the Year?
Why do you feel that you won the award over the other apprentices?
What advice would you give to other apprentices to help them excel in their apprenticeship like you have?
“I’d just say to them to make sure they are interested in what they are doing, because if they aren’t interested then they aren’t going to be enthusiastic. And always ask for help from your employer. If I ever need any support or help with my apprenticeship, there are so many people I have to ask. Whether it’s Becki my employer, colleagues, or Sue my assessor. When you have that kind of support, you push yourself to achieve all the more.”
What are your aspirations for after your apprenticeship comes to an end?
How do you feel that your employer has supported you?
What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?
“I wasn’t expecting it at all! Of course everyone wants to win it and I just feel like I’ve put the effort in and it’s paid off. What I’ve been doing, I’ve actually been recognised for. Plus, it opens up a lot of doors, doesn’t it.”
“I’m very organised with my work, if I’m given something to do I do it as soon as I can and always double check it. I’m constantly going to my tutor and asking ‘what else have you got for me’ I am very enthusiastic and she even tells me to slow down.”
“I definitely want to study a degree and Becki, my manager is going to look into this for me. But really I just want to keep progressing. I don’t want to do my level 3 and then just stop learning. I always want to do something to better myself.”
“My employer has definitely had a positive impact on my apprenticeship. If I didn’t have this support, or those people I can direct questions to within the business then it would definitely be harder, as they know the job role better than anyone.”
“Winning the award! Other than that though, it’s probably just the learning. I’ve learnt things that I thought I knew, but I didn’t and it has made me better at my role then I thought I ever could be. I’ve learnt the skills I need to succeed!” Heather is now looking into progressing further with Morson, her manager and mentor, Becki Ross, continued: “She has just completed her Business Admin Level 3, so we are now looking at developing a role for her. We will meet with the director and map out her progression for over the next few years. “I’m going to support her and in September she is going to start her degree apprenticeship. And when Becki was asked if apprentices were valuable to Morson Group, she said: “As we grow we have more entry level roles, so we are looking for young people and talent to grow with us.”
Heather pictured with Mark Poncia, Talent & Training Co-ordinator
If you are interested in a role with Morson, or any of our other fantastic employer clients in the area, then get in touch, call: 0161 631 5555 to hear our wide range of vacancies. 15
DON’T TAKE THE SPARK OUT OF YOUR CAREER!
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WHAT IS LIKELY TO CHANGE? •
Protection against over-voltages - Clause 443 is likely to be reconstructed
Protection against fire - Chapter 42 will be updated with extra information on arc fault detection
Electrical embedded heating - Section 753 will be extended to include embedded electrical heating systems for surface heating, and will include de-icing and frost prevention systems
There will be a brand new appendix covering energy efficiency
Changes to the regulations relating to wiring systems in escape routes will be covered
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CAV’S COLUMN The more apprenticeships get mentioned, the more people hear about how they can give young people a marvellous start to their working life. And nowadays, a change of direction for the older generation as well.
ROY CAVANAGH MBE
Salford City College does this more than most, which is why they continue to be the leading college for apprenticeships in this area.
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
might feel this is, shows the inner you – something employers are looking for when searching for their next apprentice.
This year, as with all others, National Apprentice Week continues to do its job. Bringing home to people the many areas of training, jobs and progression that can be achieved. The college started the week with a debate, which I was delighted to host, involving 25 people from all aspects of training, employment and whom generally try to help others.
The general consensus was that the 10 people who lasted the course all deserved a chance in working life and certainly the college, Job Centre Plus and Seddon, are looking to make that happen.
Many strong opinions were expressed, with Jack Loughlin from Salford City Council, Kat Healey from Seddon, and others from Proline, being very forthright, positive and helpful.
NEW INITIATIVES One of the areas discussed was the excellent traineeship, ‘Build Salford’, which has succeeded ‘Build Ordsall’ in providing local people real opportunities to learn about jobs and hopefully, more jobs become available. Another recent initiative is the Sector Based Work Scheme, whereby 15 enthusiastic and currently unemployed people were offered a two week condensed course at Salford College’s City Skills. They are shown the different trades that they can go into and then spend time learning interview techniques and get help creating a fulsome CV for employers. Those last two points are really important, as there is likely to be a high number of candidates searching for jobs then there has been previously.
THE APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE ANNUAL AWARDS Finally, going back to National Apprentice Week, the yearly Salford City College awards evening is always much looked forward to, and did not disappoint. From a buffet provided by students, to musical entertainment from other students, the whole evening gave a feeling of real achievement and excellence. Then came the actual awards! I always believe those nominated are all winners, with obviously, one from each category being given the prize. It shows it is a must, to do your best and work hard. But to be nominated by the excellent staff at this college, who deliver top class training, can only enhance the great career opportunities this excellent college provides. Whatever your stage of training, or whether you are still thinking of starting it, give it a go and best of luck to you all.
Some advice I would give is, expressing yourself with confidence and showing what you have done in life, however small you
Back in March, at the college’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards, Roy Cavanagh MBE, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, for his contributions to education, training and apprenticeships. Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Salford City Council presented the award on the night, and had a few words for Roy: “Roy began his career with Seddon 51 years ago in February, and still to this day, is with them as their Training Executive. His impact on their business has been significant and during his 51-years he has supported and developed many of the 3000+ apprentices who have worked for Seddon. “However, it is Roy’s passion for Salford which this award can really be accredited to. For a number of years, he has supported this organisation, Salford City College and many others in Salford. Sharing ideas, advice and experience. Roy has passion for Salford in abundance and long may this continue.”
ROY CAVANAGH MBE: OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR
IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO BECOME A CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICE, OR HIRE ONE, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME! THE INDUSTRY THAT KEEPS ON BUILDING Have you ever stopped to admire the ever changing skyline of Salford and Manchester? Just by taking a glance over this local landscape you can see the sheer volume of cranes and building projects visible – a clear indication of the buoyant construction sector. This isn’t just something we can see around us, it is something which has been well documented and confirmed by those working closely to the industry. For example, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have predicted, in their North West Construction Pipeline Analysis, considerable development and countless construction projects coming up now and well into the future. And with more projects, comes more work and in turn more employment opportunity. But, with that said, we have to address the huge skills shortage in the sector. Up to 40% of construction firms in the UK have reported having difficulties in filling vacant employment opportunities and around 1 in 5 firms in Greater Manchester report having skills gaps.
CONSTRUCTING CAREERS Taking the skills shortage into account, there really has never been a better time to be an apprentice in the construction sector. And there has never been a better time to hire new talent into a construction business. Apprenticeships at Salford City College support around 450 apprentices in the sector, working with some if the biggest and best companies in the UK. The range and types of apprenticeships available are more varied than ever before as the recent apprenticeship reforms drive the development of new and exciting standards.
Andrew Stone, Delivery Leader for Construction Apprenticeship Provision at Salford City College, and a former joiner, said: “There are brilliant opportunities available in industry at the moment. Firms are desperate for brilliant talent to help them meet demand. “Companies of all sizes are taking apprenticeships very seriously. To recruit or find talent is getting more and more expensive. Therefore growing your own talent has never been more important.” At the college we nurture hundreds of full-time construction students every year, the majority of whom are desperate for an opportunity to work in the sector. Trained by expert teachers at City Skills, Salford College of Further Education, across a number of different trades, most students are on one or two year programme. Typically, most construction firms recruit apprentices in August, September and October aligned to the starting of day release programmes in college. Apprenticeships at Salford City College will start around 200 new apprentices in these months, with a good number leaving college and going straight into industry. Amazingly, even with the skills shortages highlighted, of the 9,200 construction firms in Greater Manchester, only approximately half employ apprentices on a regular basis. Gary Taylor, Head of Construction at City Skills, Salford College of Further Education, said: “It is critical that more firms take on apprentices in the sector. We train and develop brilliant crafts people who really will make a difference to a company’s productivity if given the chance. “Most of our apprentices come in for their day release on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and I love seeing the range of vans in the car park from all the firms supporting our apprentices. “We would love to see more next year and now is the time, we have excellent full-time students coming to the end of their programmes, who just need a chance.”
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BUILDING HOPE ACROSS SALFORD The Build Salford Class of 2018 get stuck into their 16-week traineeship, having now begun the work experience element of this unique construction programme. Traineeships are government sponsored programmes designed to support 16-24-year-olds in furthering their education. Build Salford aims to prepare young people specifically for the world of construction and to help them cement an apprenticeship at a leading company - and Salford City College and their industry partners have big hopes for the current cohort. This year there are 14-trainees benefitting from the support and opportunities provided by the programmeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committed and dedicated partners. The programme is supported by housing and construction organisations from across the region, and coordinated by Apprenticeships at Salford City College.
TEAM BUILD SALFORD: The 2018 project has 19 partner organisations involved in total, including Salix Homes, Great Places Housing Group, Clarion Housing Group, Engie, Keepmoat Homes, Seddon, A Connolly, Proline Group and The Casey Group.
SUMMER 2018 So far the group have received over 15-hours of presentations and classroom based learning led by industry experts working for partner companies and involving industry visits. As part of their classroom based learning, participants completed some valuable health and safety training provided by The Casey Group.
Gavin Preston, Group Finance and Growth Director at Proline, has also been heavily involved in the Build Salford project, he said: “Build Salford provides an effective route to a career in construction for the young people of Salford. The trainees grow in skills, confidence and experience.
“As a business it makes absolute sense for us to support the scheme. We need new, brilliant talent in our business and we also want to support the city and its youngsters.”
Casey Site Manager, Tony Doran, who has worked in construction for 38-years, also gave the young trainees a passionate talk about his own journey into a career in construction. Tony left school with no qualifications but his determination and commitment to what he does, got him to his position today.
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Trainees have also met previous Build Salford participants who are now in full-time, apprenticeship employment, to further inspire them to achieve.
All 14 youngsters have now been placed with one of the partner organisations to complete their work placement.
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Current trainee, Natasha Whitworth, is loving the PROGRESS experience so far, she said of her experience with The Proline Group: “I feel like I have achieved so much in a short space of time. Build Salford has given me the confidence and the drive to get up and go to work each day. I just want to learn as much as possible and this experience is really helping me with that.”
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Mason Soar has been placed at The Casey Group and has been working on a large project with site manager, Tony Doran, carrying out external wall insulation works. This has given him valuable experience in a wide range of construction activities and specialities. Tony had some excellent feedback on Mason’s work so far, he said: “Mason has been keen to do some real work and it’s good to see him get stuck in. He has fitted in well with the team.”
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Previous Salford City College Apprenticeship Award winner, Michael Pass has gone from Creative and Digital Media Apprentice, to Head of Concept Development at ESG, in just four years. His colleague Hannah Morse is also flying the flag for Apprenticeships at Salford City College as she has gone on to become a full-time Photography and Design Assistant with them too. Michael completed his apprenticeship with Salford City College and ESG in 2015, and was immediately offered fulltime employment at the company. He said: “I am in my fourth year now at ESG, currently heading up the majority of new concept development. The job role is incredibly varied – as well as producing artwork for packaging that ends up in some of the biggest high street stores, I’ve been involved with photography, marketing and even helped out at a few trade shows. “As I have grown at ESG, I’ve been given the task of developing our range of brands and licences by creating new packaging development concepts. I have always liked seeing a project through from the first stages of design to finally seeing a finished article, so it’s always great seeing something you’ve designed on the shelf in Dunelm or TK Maxx. “I would have to say though that my favourite moment at ESG so far was when The Hairy Bikers came to visit our offices. We were able to sit down and chat with them directly about where they would like to take their brand, and how we can show this through product and packaging. It was great to get direct feedback from them and see what they are like off camera.” Hannah completed her apprenticeship with Salford City College in May 2016 and has been with ESG ever since, she said: “My primary role is that of company photographer. This requires me to shoot and edit product shots under studio conditions. I catalogue them all within an image database which I set up.
“This means that whenever an image is required by staff or customers alike they are easily accessible. “I have recently begun shooting product demo videos that feature on our YouTube channel and across our social media platforms including LinkedIn. “Aside from the photography work I also produce flyers, catalogues, email marketing campaigns and even work on product packaging artwork from time-totime.”
Both Hannah and Michael agree that their apprenticeship has helped them on their path to success. Michael said: “Before starting work at ESG my background was in product design and art, but, through my apprenticeship I have added to this skill set and become fluent in Adobe Illustrator, as well as 3D software programs, and this has been incredibly useful in my career. My apprenticeship has given me the chance to gain first-hand experience in a creative industry and build my portfolio with live work – and I got paid at the same time!” Hannah added to this: “I always knew that I wanted to do something in the media but going to university for three years to achieve this never appealed to me. An apprenticeship has really helped me get to where I am today. Whilst doing the apprenticeship I was given all the experience and knowledge I needed without having university fees to pay off when I get older. It’s also helped me with my attitude towards being in a full-time job and has made me work even harder to achieve my goals, because I’m doing something I’m passionate about.” And when asked if she would recommend an apprenticeship to another, she said: “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to a young person. I think that it gets you to have a working attitude early in life and gets you ready for what a career is really like. You’re also earning whilst you are learning.” Michael added: “Absolutely - I can’t stress how valuable it is nowadays to get as much experience as possible and apprenticeships are a great route into that. In the creative industries it is even more valuable as you develop your own creative portfolio at the same time.” ESG, like many companies, are valuing apprenticeships more and more. Luke Bradshaw, Design and Marketing Manager at ESG, who took on Michael and Hannah, said: “Apprenticeships are a valuable asset for any business and if the person is nurtured correctly they can go on to do great things. “Michael Pass, who won an award for his apprenticeship through Salford City College three years ago, is now Head of Concept Development at ESG and produces the majority of the fine work I share electronically.”
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