Achieve Magazine: The Gold Special Edition

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APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE Frontier House Merchants Quay Salford Quays M50 3SR 0161 631 5555 apprenticeships@salfordcc.ac.uk salfordcc.ac.uk/apprenticeshipssalford-city-college

Editor-in-chief Allan Milne Features Editor Jess Watts Art Direction Tom Davidson Guest Contributor Roy Cavanagh MBE


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WELCOME A welcome to this special edition from the team.

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CAV’S COLUMN Our regular columnist Roy Cavanagh MBE provides his thoughts on the recent award received by the College.

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VICTORY FOR APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE AT THE LEARNING AWARDS On the evening of the 18th February 2021, Apprenticeships at Salford City College were awarded the Gold award for ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ at the 2021 Learning Awards.

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THE JUDGING PANEL SHOWCASE Read about what was included in our submission that helped us to win the award.

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ALL ABOUT THE TEAM! A message from Allan about the importance of the people who work in the Apprenticeship Team.

CALL THE TEAM TODAY ON 0161 631 5555 OR EMAIL APPRENTICESHIPS@SALFORDCC.AC.UK


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Welcome to the Gold Special Edition of Achieve!

Incredible Achievement

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On the 4 of January we returned to work after the Christmas break and writing an introduction for a ‘special edition’ gold Achieve was the last thing on my mind as we continued to work through the challenges presented by another new lockdown. Fast forward two months and I am writing this with immense pride and delight. Being presented the Provider of the Year award from the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), is such an incredible achievement for us, particularly in a year that has offered so many challenges as the last one has. The LPI are an internationally renowned professional body for organisational learning and development.

Receiving this award is extra special because it was awarded by the LPI, the global body for workplace learning and professionals, with thousands of members across the world. Their membership consists of the exact individuals and employers we want to work with. People who are passionate about developing skills, knowledge and expertise in the workplace.

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Amazing Colleagues Over the last decade, we have worked extremely hard to create an amazing team who are passionate about apprenticeships and work-based learning. Whilst being experts in their own specialisms, they are also experts in all things apprenticeships. I truly believe that we have some of the best people in the sector, delivering the highest-quality of education and skills. This includes our delivery colleagues, our recruitment team, business development and support colleagues. They are the best - not just because they are great at their role, but also because they care so passionately about progressing individuals in their learning and development so they can achieve great things for themselves and their organisations. I consider myself very lucky to work with each and every one of them.

Apprenticeship Revolution To support the recent budget announcements, the Government released their ‘Build Back Better Our Plan for Growth’ document. It is great to see a dedicated chapter on skills within the publication, with a clear emphasis from Government that skills development is vital to a successful navigation out of the pandemic. I am in full agreement that both Further Education Colleges and Apprenticeships, both of which are front and centre in the document, are vital in supporting economic prosperity and social mobility as we move forward. In the words of the Government, the apprenticeship revolution has transformed the apprenticeship sector in recent years, ensuring it is better placed to meet the skills needs of employers across the UK. I am incredibly proud to be part of this revolution, and along with my amazing colleagues, look forward to a very exciting and successful times in the apprenticeship sector. Best Wishes,

Allan Milne

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ALLAN MILNE

KAREN KENNY

Head of Apprenticeships

Head of Apprenticeship Delivery


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CAVS COLUMN “A champion of training for young people.” Roy Cavanagh MBE has remained with the major contractor, Seddon, for over 50 years. He received an MBE for his services to construction and is renowned for his efforts in campaigning for apprenticeships and training for young people across Salford and the UK. Roy is passionate about anything Salfordian as he was born and raised in the city and has lived in Ordsall, Little Hulton and Worsley.

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“LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION!” This could be the start of a big movie production, but it is about the start of Apprenticeships at Salford City College’s amazing and fully deserved victory at the recent Learning Awards. Usually, an audience of 800 plus would be celebrating success in central London, however, this year, due to the pandemic it was hosted remotely. Head of Apprenticeships, Alan Milne, had the honour of representing Apprenticeships at Salford City College and accepting the gold award presented by television presenter, Claudia Winkleman. All the glitz aside, this is a marvellous achievement and gives further recognition to the magnificent City of Salford. A city now known worldwide for MediaCityUK, the Lowry Theatre, the home of the BBC and ITV, top class transport systems, a truly fantastic hospital, a strong Council led by elected Mayor Paul Dennett, and now confirmation that its College’s apprenticeships are of the highest level.

Well done to Apprenticeships at Salford City College for once again emphasising the potential ability and ambition around; now all of Salford needs to take up this baton and carry the winning of this award forward.

ROY CAVANAGH MBE

As with any winning, the next task is to keep on doing so. This needs to be built on with all efforts going into making sure that businesses across the City look towards the College with the mission of making sure the next generations have a genuine chance of a successful life. Certainly, such initiatives that the College have led on, such as Build Salford and the Apprenticeship Champions Group, are a step in that direction. Companies need to dig deep and make sure they are aware of all the many grants flying around at present, that their use of the Levy is being recovered as they are entitled to do so, all of which helps to show young people the ambition of a world-class city on their doorsteps that have those doors open to all.

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On the evening of the 18th February 2021, Apprenticeships at Salford City College were awarded the Gold award for ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ at the 2021 Learning Awards. The Learning Awards is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). It recognises innovation and achievement in workplace learning. The ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ Award is presented to an enterprise that provides learning services to external clients. Winners are chosen through demonstrating consistent highquality and innovation, strong client value propositions and evidence of business impact. “CLEAR

EVIDENCE OF TRANSFORMING LEARNERS’ LIVES AND IMPRESSIVE PASS RATES LEADING TO SUCCESSFUL CAREERS MADE APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE A STAND OUT WINNER.”

The event, which was this year held virtually, took place on Thursday 18th February and was hosted by television presenter Claudia Winkleman. With entries from across the country, the competition was tight, however Apprenticeships at Salford City College wowed the judging panel and received the ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest level awarded at the ceremony, having unanimous vote from all of the judges.

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When awarding the team with the highly-commended award, the judges said: “Apprenticeships at Salford City College’s inspiring goal to reduce unemployment and create inclusive and accessible learning opportunities can only be celebrated by the well-deserved Gold Award for ‘Learning Provider of the Year’.” The judges were impressed by their innovative approach to transforming their face-to-face workshops to the digital space, enabling apprentices to carry out and evidence their learning. The judges added: “The passion and care for students was profound from testimonials for the College’s employees, students and employers. Clear evidence of transforming learners’ lives and impressive pass rates leading to successful careers made Apprenticeships at Salford City College a stand out winner.” Commenting on the achievement, Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeships at Salford City College, said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievement. It is testament to the hard work, passion and dedication displayed by my apprenticeship colleagues every day. They are exceptionally talented people who want to make a very positive difference to the lives of our apprentices and learners.”

ABOVE: HEAD OF APPRENTICESHIPS, ALLAN MILNE, ACCEPTS THE VIRTUAL AWARD FROM CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN


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ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT (TOP): ANDREW STONE, DELIVERY LEADER FOR CONSTRUCTION; SUSAN HILTON, DELIVERY LEADER FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE & CHILDCARE; LOUISE JONES, EMPLOYER SERVICES LEADER (MIDDLE): KRISTIAN GUNSHON, PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION TRAINING ASSOCIATE; PAULINE COOPER, HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRAINER ASSESSOR (BOTTOM): KAREN KENNY, HEAD OF APPRENTICESHIP DELIVERY; REBECCA PARKS, ACTING PRINCIPAL; ALLAN MILNE, HEAD OF APPRENTICESHIPS

Those included above were photographed on an individual basis and combined together for the purpose of this image and article.

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s with all awards submissions, there is a limit to how much information you can submit. Choosing which projects to represent Apprenticeships at Salford City College was tough, and there is much more to showcase about the work that we do. However, the following pages detail five projects we have worked on that we thought really showcased our service to the City of Salford, key sectors we work in, the bespoke programme development we provide to our employers and the tailored programmes we develop to suit candidates of all capabilities and backgrounds.

CONSTRUCTION TRAINEESHIPS THROUGH BUILD SALFORD One of Salford’s biggest growth areas is construction. In partnership with Salford City Council and a selection of the best construction employers across Greater Manchester, Build Salford was created to make sure local young men and women can take up the opportunities this brings. Build Salford runs at least two programmes a year for young unemployed 16-24 year-olds to help them get apprenticeships and construction jobs, and has already helped 60 young people onto the construction career ladder.

SECTOR-BASED WORK ACADEMY WITH SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST The Sector-Based Work Academy employability programme was created by Apprenticeships at Salford City College through a partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The programme combines classroom learning with work placements in various departments across the Trust. At its inception, the programme was the first in Salford where non-clinical and community-based placements were available alongside clinical placements based in the hospital. Each candidate completes a level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care. The Trust and the College work closely with JobCentrePlus to ensure that candidates are receiving the support they need to help them progress into a job role within the Health & Social Care sector.

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PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT WITH THE CO-OP Retail group Co-op were seeking a new Customer Service programme to recruit ten people to who we could support together. Through time spent working with Co-op to develop this bespoke programme, we discovered that we shared the same values about the support that should be available to the apprentices. Co-op were really keen to recruit to their programme from the locality with a specific focus on the Co-op school academies, so that young people had opportunities to progress directly from the academy to the Co-op business.

SUPPORTED APPRENTICESHIPS WITH FORHOUSING AND SALFORD CITY COUNCIL The Supported Apprenticeship Programme is a tailored apprenticeship programme for individuals in Salford, some of which are from some of the most deprived areas. Working with ForHousing and Salford City Council to develop the programme, the aim of the programme was to support those into apprenticeships from school where extra support for them is required, and ultimately reduce the risks of young people dropping out of a non-supported programme and becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH SALFORD CITY COUNCIL Through a continuing partnership with the Council, we work to achieve the same goals and deliver the best service to the apprentices in their organisation. Within this, we have developed a range of cutting-edge Leadership & Management programmes such as Springboard and the Public Sector Leadership Programme. This is to help the Council with their succession planning and provide a talent pipeline of their future leaders. We have also worked on initiatives such as the Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund, which was set up to help small businesses with the cost of apprenticeship training and bring in sustainable opportunities across the City.

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