TOM SMALLEY IS APPRENTICE
OF THE YEAR 2019 AN “EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT. A HARD-WORKING, DETERMINED AND SELF-DISCIPLINED INDIVIDUAL”
SALFORD CITY COLLEGE
CELEBRATE APPRENTICES AND EMPLOYERS DURING #NATIONALAPPRENTICESHIPWEEK
SALFORD SKILLS FOR BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIP FUND PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS HAVE JOINED FORCES TO CREATE A NEW APPRENTICESHIP FUND
APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE Frontier House Merchants Quay Salford Quays M50 3SR 0161 631 5555 email@example.com www.salfordcc.ac.uk Editor-in-chief Allan Milne Features Editor Sophie Mehta Art Direction Tom Davidson Guest Contributors Roy Cavanagh MBE Mandy Shepherd
WELCOME A welcome to this edition from the team.
CAV’S COLUMN Our regular columnist Roy Cavanagh MBE gives his latest advice on winning, and his advice for success.
TOM SMALLEY IS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2019 “As a leader, this young man has been instrumental in the development of his peers.”
ARE YOU ON THE SEARCH FOR NEW TALENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS? Apprenticeships at Salford City College are here to help.
MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN...THE TEAM 16 BEHIND OUR APPRENTICESHIPS Our support network is second-to-none at ensuring our apprentices get what they need!
WINNERS! APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE LEADING THE WAY Take a look at some of the team’s recent achievements.
SALFORD SKILLS FOR BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIP FUND Private and public sector organisations have joined forces to create a new apprenticeship fund.
SALFORD CITY COLLEGE CELEBRATE APPRENTICES AND EMPLOYERS ON #NATIONALAPPRENTICESHIPWEEK Some of the college’s most talented apprentices, most dedicated employer clients, special guests and staff, gathered during National Apprenticeship Week at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, part of Salford City College, for a night of excitement, entertainment and inspiration.
18 MANDY’S MESSAGE Apprenticeship expert Mandy Shepherd, Apprentice Recruitment & Business Development Team Leader, provides an update on the Apprenticeships at Salford City College recruitment service and discusses what the team have been up to since the last edition. COLLEGES IN SALFORD JOIN INITIATIVE TO HELP THE CITY’S NEETS Colleges in the Salford area, Salford City Council and employers within the city are uniting to support Salford’s young people identified as ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEETs).
BECOME A CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICE Our region has many large building projects, with further development planned - and with this development comes an increase in jobs and opportunity.
Welcome to the summer 2019 edition of Achieve. We continue to go from strength to strength and want to thank everyone for your continued support and positive feedback.
Brilliant City, Brilliant Talent When it comes to post-16 education, the summer months, June to August in particular, are fantastic. Thousands of young adults across the nation come to the end of another phase in their educational journey and are looking to take their next steps. As a college, we work very closely with secondary schools, not just those local to Salford, but across the whole region, to support their students’ transition to further education with us. Further to this, we work tirelessly to ensure that those who have successfully gained qualiﬁcations with us and are now moving on, have a destination and plan that is right for them. This may be through our own Higher Education provision, study at other universities and institutions, or their ﬁrst steps into employment. Apprenticeships are one of those positive pathways; they are increasingly being seen as a preferred destination for young adults across the whole of the UK. The opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’ is a tempting one, and more and more people are turning to apprenticeships - either after school, at college, or even later in life. The real challenge for us is to ensure there are enough, high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for all of the young people wishing to embark upon one. Nationally, over the last 12-18 months, the Government has reported decreasing trends in the apprenticeship sector in terms of the number of people starting programs. This is thought to be a result of many employers and providers still coming to terms with the greatly publicised, Apprenticeship Reforms. However, as a college, we continue to buck the trend and grow our apprenticeship provision year on year, and we want to ensure this success doesn’t stop.
To do this, we are working very hard with local, regional and national employer partners to create more opportunities for people in the area. One example of this is the Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund that we have just launched in partnership with Salford City Council (see pages 6-7). We are very proud to be one of the founding members of this city-wide initiative and look forward to successfully implementing it in partnership with some inspiring Salford organisations. Further to this, in April, we were fortunate to be able to host the launch of the Salford City NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Strategy. Led by Salford City Council, this strategy aims to develop and implement a range of support, education and employment opportunities to the City’s NEETs. As a city, we owe it to these NEET individuals, who in many cases have had many social challenges in their formative years, to provide them with real skills and career prospects. Apprenticeships are one of the key strands to this strategy. Salford is a brilliant city, and we have some brilliant talent here, and it is our aim to nurture that talent. We recently celebrated our annual awards and, once again, would like to congratulate all of our winners, many of whom are celebrated in this edition. We would also like to thank all of our employer partners who participated in the Annual ESFA Employer Satisfaction Survey. We are delighted with the ﬁrst set of results, which indicate that our services are being valued more than ever before. Finally, we would like to congratulate Karen Kenny, our new Head of Apprenticeship Delivery. Karen has been with us for over a decade, ﬁrst as a trainer-assessor, and then as a delivery leader. She has substantial apprenticeship delivery experience and we are all delighted with her appointment. We hope you enjoy the edition.
Head of Apprenticeships & Partnerships
Head of Apprenticeship & Business Development
Head of Apprenticeship Delivery
CAV’S COLUMN “A champion of training for young people.”
ROY CAVANAGH MBE
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.
IS WINNING EVERYTHING?
MY ADVICE FOR SUCCESS
With summer here and the academic year coming to a close, it’s a great time to reﬂect on the year that has come and gone. That is why, in this edition of Achieve, there is a great deal of emphasis on winning awards, completing programmes and overall achievement.
Want to be a high-ﬂier? Make sure your CV stands out; at the interview, never be afraid of asking questions; be prepared, interested and show you want to achieve. Never give up on applications, even if it feels like you’re getting nowhere. Let people know you want an apprenticeship and open yourself up to as many opportunities as possible.
The beginning of summer also coincides with the end of another sporting season. Locally, our sports teams have had very different seasons. On the one hand, Manchester City Football Club have won three titles, the treble, while Manchester United have won nothing at all. Salford City have gained promotion, with Salford Red Devils ﬁnding little support or success off the ﬁeld, even with a great performance on the pitch. Very different seasons for everyone, indeed. This makes me wonder, how important is winning? Manchester United are still considered a world-class football team, Salford Red Devils have still had a remarkable season. Perhaps is it overall achievement that is more important? Perhaps just getting through something is just as much of an accomplishment?
Finally, always remember, life is not all about winning, it is about showing interest, having the drive to succeed and doing your best. At Apprenticeships at Salford City College, you will be given an array of opportunity to shine - make sure you take them.
ROY CAVANAGH MBE
When it comes to apprenticeships, I believe the ﬁrst, and real triumph is simply being placed onto a programme and securing a job role. From there, opportunities are endless. Achieving qualiﬁcations comes next, followed by the opportunity to succeed at awards and in competitions comes next. Why do I say this? At Seddon, we receive hundreds of applications to join our apprenticeship scheme, more than 800 this year alone. So, those placed with us truly are winners, having beaten off a huge amount of competition. No award is necessary to show their achievement. Once you have secured yourself your ideal apprenticeship, in my eyes you are a winner. But, just like the winners at the Apprenticeship Awards, that doesn’t mean you can now sit back. Continue to learn, continue to impress and continue to succeed. There is always something more to work towards, whether that’s your qualiﬁcations, an award nomination or even a full-time job upon completion of your apprenticeship.
Are you on the search for new talent for your business? APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE ARE HERE TO HELP
s far as recruitment trends are concerned, summer is statistically slow. Many potential candidates are looking forward to their summer holidays, as opposed to looking for work, and, though many businesses are very busy over the summer months, statistics show that recruitment rates are much lower at this time of year. With that said, not everyone is off the job hunt over the summer months, with younger candidates completing their qualiﬁcations and ﬁnishing college just in time to embark upon a new career. Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeships and Business Development for Apprenticeships at Salford City College, said: “With fewer companies recruiting over summer, now is deﬁnitely the best time
to secure the most bright and talented college and schoolleaver talent for apprenticeship programmes. “Apprenticeships at Salford City College work in partnership with ﬁve colleges in Salford, as well as with countless secondary schools. We work directly with students on their next steps and progress them straight onto apprenticeship programmes once they have completed their qualiﬁcations, should they choose this professional development pathway.” The college provider currently boasts an impressive 1,300 apprentices on programme, with the number of students looking for apprenticeships expected to rise as the academic year comes to an end. Allan continued: “Businesses can be assured that our recruitment process is rigorous. Students must meet the high expectations set by our employer partners, as we only want the very best talent for those we work with. As an organisation, we already support over 400 employers, which include both local and national companies, and our reputation amongst these businesses is excellent. Marks & Spencer, N Brown, Seddon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and W Group are just a handful of dedicated employer clients we work with. “Why is our reputation so good? It is because of the brilliant apprentices we provide them with that these employers choose to work with Apprenticeships at Salford City College. They recognise our apprentices as being of the highest quality.” With the Government placing apprenticeships at the heart of the skills system within the UK, there has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice into a thriving business. Apprenticeships offer a way for employers to train the next generation of staff and leaders for their business.
“Businesses can be assured that our recruitment process is rigorous.” In fact, apprenticeships are becoming so increasingly popular that, in the 2016 to 2017 academic year, just under half a million people started an apprenticeship in the UK. This is more than double the amount of people who embarked upon an apprenticeship in the 2007 to 2008 academic year, showing just how prevalent they are becoming. If you are on the search for fresh, new talent for your company, or are hoping to utilise your apprenticeship levy this summer, then contact Apprenticeships at Salford City College on: 0161 631 5555 firstname.lastname@example.org. 4
WINNERS! APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE
LEADING THE WAY Karen Finney, Management Training Associate at Apprenticeships at Salford City College, wins ‘Mentor of the Year’ at the CICM (Chartered Institute of Credit Management) British Credit Awards 2019. CICM is the world’s largest recognised professional body for the entire credit management community, and their annual national awards celebrate the best of the best in the business. Karen secured her award of ‘Mentor of the Year 2019’ due to the positive contributions she has made and the impact she has had on the lives of the apprentices she has worked with. Well done Karen!
Apprenticeships at Salford City College are Seddon’s Training Partner of the Year! The college, who work alongside Seddon to place several apprentices onto construction qualifications as well as in leadership and management programmes, walked away triumphant at the Seddon Excellence Awards 2019.
rivate and public sector organisations have joined forces to create a new apprenticeship fund. The fund has been formed to help small to medium-sized organisations, within the City of Salford, unlock new talent, with Apprenticeships at Salford City College at the forefront of this new initiative.
Apprenticeships at Salford City College have teamed up with Salford City Council, The University of Salford, Bupa, Salix Homes and Seddon, to gift up to a quarter of a million pounds of their own apprenticeship training funds to small and medium sized organisations in Salford. The fund is expected to grow as more organisations confirm funding in the coming weeks and months.
The Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund will be invested in apprenticeship training within small to mediumsized organisations (under 250 employees) throughout the City. Helping to create more quality and sustainable apprenticeship roles for Salford residents.
The partnership has also secured a further £114,000 Greater Manchester Combined Authority funding that will support a proportion of apprentices’ salary costs.
The fund will also help existing employers close skills gaps in key sectors such as health and social care, digital, manufacturing and construction, hospitality, business and professional services. “...We are very proud to be one of the co-creators
of this fund, which will enable this partnership to support the development of apprenticeship opportunities across the City.”
THE SKILLS YOU NEED
FOR YOUR BUSINESS
TO THRIVE Find out more at www.salford.gov.uk/apprenticeshipfund W O R K I N G
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SALFORDSKILLS FORBUSINESS APPRENTICESHIPFUND
City Mayor, Paul Dennett Seven Salford businesses are already benefiting from the new apprenticeship fund, with a further seven applications in the pipeline Michael Sheehan, Group Principal of SCC Group (of which Apprenticeships at Salford City College is a subsidiary), said: “The world of apprenticeships has undergone significant change in recent times. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the subsequent collection of apprenticeship fees is the most significant change. The levy has presented many positives, especially for those larger firms who are using it effectively. However, one of the challenges has been for small to medium size organisations who have had to find the 10% employer contribution. For some of our regular employers, this can be as much as £1800. Although not a huge amount, in many cases this can negatively affect whether a small organisation decides to recruit an apprentice or not.
Since launching in late February, £81,000 of the Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund, has already been allocated to businesses across the following sectors: education, construction, health and social care.
“With that in mind, we are very proud to be one of the co-creators of this fund, which will enable this partnership to support the development of apprenticeship opportunities across the City.” On Thursday 7 March 2019, all of the fund partners met for the official launch of the Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund at Bupa Place, MediaCityUK. The first beneficiaries of the fund are expected to be announced in April.
“The world of apprenticeships has undergone significant change in recent times.” Apprenticeships at Salford City College are an outstanding provider of apprenticeships in Greater Manchester. The college boasts an impressive 1,300 apprentices on programme, the majority of whom are employed in one of the key growth sectors in Greater Manchester. 80% of their apprentices succeed in completing their apprenticeship and go on to further employment, which is an incredible 13% above the national average. If you’d like more information about The Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund, taking on an apprentice or becoming one, please contact Apprenticeships at Salford City College on 0161 631 5555 or by emailing: email@example.com.
Apprentice Chris Hardman signs the pledge
This is, without a doubt, my favourite event of the year. Not only is it a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our apprentices, but it is also the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the continual support and commitment we receive from our partner employers.” Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development, opened the Salford City College Annual Apprenticeship Awards on Thursday 7 March, during National Apprenticeship Week, by expressing his adoration for the occasion. Some of the college’s most talented apprentices, most dedicated employer clients, special guests and staff all gathered on National Apprenticeship Week at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, part of Salford City College, for a night of excitement, entertainment and inspiration. Apprentices from across the City and beyond were recognised at the event, coming from each of the sectors the college delivers apprenticeships in. Employers were able to nominate apprentices and the college’s own expert judging panel whittled down the nominees, producing nine award-winning individuals (see pages 10 - 13). Allan said: “This is possibly the most important part of the evening. Celebrating the talent, accomplishments, enthusiasm and dedication of our own apprentices.
“The individuals who have walked away with awards tonight are the best of the best. They have all demonstrated something exceptional, whether that is very special talent, incomparable hard-work, or their achievement of something extremely special.” From the apprentice award winners, one overall winner was selected with this individual being labelled by the judges as having an ‘undeniable commitment to learning and progression’. They said he is ‘proactive’ and his overall development has been described as ‘outstanding’ by his employer. It was Thomas Smalley, from Seddon, who was crowned Overall Apprentice of the Year. But, it wasn’t just apprentices being celebrated at the event, it was the employers too. Allan said: “Around 400 local, regional or national organisations employ one or more Salford City College apprentices. The vast majority of those provide a great environment for our apprentices to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be successful in their chosen careers.
The Sector Based Work Academy Award was another given that evening; and presented to Paul Smith, Clinical Support Worker at The Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The Sector Based Work Academy is a partnership between the college and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust that aims to get people back into employment and into the health and social care sector.
“These employers have shown commitment and dedication to their apprentices above and beyond the norm.” There were four employer award categories - see pages 10 - 13 for our winners. Other awards on the night included Trainee of the Year, which was awarded to John Kitoko from Connolly Ltd. John was awarded for his incredible success on the Build Salford Traineeship, which eventually led to him being offered a full-time apprenticeship. Allan said: “This award is about recognising trainees who have gone above and beyond the norm to change their lives for the better. Traineeships are for those people who are not yet ready for an apprenticeship. They seek to support 16-24 year olds with the skills and knowledge they need to first secure an apprenticeship and then to thrive when they do so. “The winner of this award can be described simply as an inspiration. He joined Connolly under the Traineeship and soon became a real character on site. He thrived and made such an impression on Build Salford that, in August 2018, he was offered a full-time apprenticeship with the company.”
The final award was the Outstanding Contribution Award. This went to John Jordan from Salford City Council for his dedication to apprenticeships, education and, more specifically, his work as a coordinator for Build Salford. John has been responsible for helping multiple young people get into apprenticeships and full-time education, many of whom had nowhere else to turn, but, thanks to Build Salford, had managed to turn their lives around. Multiple speakers and presenters took to the stage at the event, including Debbie Ward, Head of Apprenticeships and Partnerships at Salford City College, Nic Hutchins, Principal Skills Manager for Apprenticeships at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Salford, and Councillor John Walsh from Salford City Council. The Pendleton Sixth Form College Contemporary Choir also performed, as did creative music student, Megan Wroe. If you want to be one of next year’s Salford City College Apprenticeship Award Winners, whether you are looking for an apprenticeship or to hire an apprentice, then contact the Salford City College team on: 0161 631 5555 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABIGAIL HENSTOCK CREATIVE & DIGITAL APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
“This apprentice has embraced every opportunity given to her. She has really raised the bar for any future apprentices joining the team or organisation.”
CHILDCARE, EARLY YEARS & EDUCATION APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR “She has proven herself to be an exceptional member of staff, an integral part of the team and an inspiration to her colleagues.”
YUSUF KHALIFA HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR “He is pleasant, polite and is highly regarded by his employer, peers and all those he comes into contact with.”
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LEADERSHIP & MAN OVERALL
“There is no edge or ego with this apprentic everything he does, wh
JAKE NOAKES CONSTRUCTION & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR “An exemplary full-time employee who has impressed everyone within the company with his enthusiasm and his limitless appetite to learn.”
NAGEMENT APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
ce. He comes to work and does an amazing job. He learns from hether that be on site or in the classroom.”
REBECCA JONES HAIR & BEAUTY APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR “It was the determination, passion and drive to become a qualiﬁed hairdresser that has secured Rebecca her award.”
REBECCA GARVEY HOSPITALITY & CATERING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR “She is an exemplar cook, dedicated, enthusiastic and always willing to adapt to change. Customers are at the forefront of all she does and she is a really deserving winner of this award.”
BUILDING SERVICES & ENGINEERING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS & FINANCE APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
“This apprentice has demonstrated a work ethic that goes beyond expectations.”
“Her kind-hearted nature and willingness to always help cemented her as key ﬁgure within the organisation.”
KIDS AROUND THE CLOCK
FLETCHERS ENGINEERING LTD
“This company has been supporting apprentices from across the region since 2004.”
“This business prides itself on employing local people and ensuring that all apprentices progress into full-time, permanent employment, with a proven 100% track record of this.”
SMALL - MEDIUM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
MEDIUM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD WINNER
“I was so surprised once it started to dawn on me that it was me they were talking about when introducing the Outstanding Contribution Award. 12
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL
LARGE PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
LARGE PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
“They have staff development at the forefront of all they do. They offer staff the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of apprenticeship programmes, all to improve their skills and excel in their career.”
“This company have a long and well-known association with apprentices. They have employed well over 3,000 in their history and currently have around 60 apprentices with their company, the vast majority of whom study with Salford City College.”
WINNER OF THE TRAINEESHIP AWARD
SECTOR BASED WORK ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
“My work with Apprenticeships at Salford City College, ﬁrst with Pendleton Together, and now with Salford City Council through Build Salford, has been a huge highlight of my career over the past six-years. “I am so passionate about enabling young people from Salford to have the opportunities to capitalise on all of the construction work and development currently taking place across the City. “I am immensely proud that Build Salford is helping those who otherwise might not have had a chance to get their foot in the door and start their construction careers. Without Build Salford, many of these opportunities would not have been possible.” 13
TICE OF THE YEAR
“As a leader, this young man
has been instrumental in the development of his peers. He has taken another under his wing, guiding him through the roles and responsibilities of a site manager, and has simply been the perfect role model. This is exactly what we want to see in our leadership and management apprentices.” – Allan Milne, Apprenticeship Awards Host, on Tom Smalley
An ‘exceptional student, hard-working, determined and selfdisciplined individual’ was how Tom Smalley was described before being announced as Apprentice of the Year 2019 at our Annual Apprenticeship Awards. The Leadership and Management Apprentice of the Year was crowned as the college’s overall winner at the awards ceremony which took place on National Apprenticeship Week in 2019. Tom was highly commended by his employer, Seddon, who described him as ‘outstanding’, ‘proactive’, ‘the perfect role model’ and ‘fully-deserving of this award’. Tom is currently employed by the construction ﬁrm as a site manager on an £8.4 million project for Cumbria County Council. He is working towards his management qualiﬁcation with us, which has helped him step up to this role. When asked about his award win, Tom said: “I think its brilliant that a management apprentice has won overall apprentice of the year, as hopefully it shows that apprenticeships aren’t just for those who are starting out in their profession. There are a wide range of apprenticeships available to people of all ages and at all stages of their career. “I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. It’s a great way to get on-the-job experience along with an academic qualiﬁcation. Plus, you get paid whilst completing it.” Tom believes it is his hard work and determination that secured him the win and he has this advice to give to other apprentices or anyone considering an apprenticeship: “My advice to other apprentices is simple - nothing replaces hard work. If you are willing to put in the work, you will see the beneﬁts and achieve what you set out to. “I believe I have achieved this award and have been so successful so far in my qualiﬁcation because I’m not afraid of hard work. I know what I want to achieve and I will do whatever it takes to achieve it.” Congratulations to Tom and his employer, Seddon!
MAKING IT HAPPEN... THE TEAM BEHIND OUR APPRENTICESHIPS
Pictured left to right (top): Jan Boden, Stephen Antrobus, Natalie McCluskey (Bottom): Francesca Antrobus, Joanne Arnold
At Apprenticeships at Salford City College, we couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated and hard-working Apprenticeship Delivery Team. This team provide our apprentices with the best possible learning experience throughout the duration of their programme, and only offer the most exemplary mentoring and learning. The group spend the majority of their working week on the road, supporting their apprentices in their different working environments. But, with 1,300 apprentices, on over 70 different programmes, and working in over 400 work places, this isn’t without its challenges. This is where our incredible support team comes in. Based at the Apprenticeships at Salford City College HQ, on the waterfront of Salford Quays, our team of Apprentice Finance Coordinators, Administrators and Apprenticeship Support Officers, are the essential backbone of our entire apprenticeship function. Continually working to support not only our apprentices and employers, but also their other colleagues and managers, each and every one of our support staff play a critical role in the overall and successful delivery of our programmes. What’s more, our staff know ﬁrst hand of the difficulties and challenges that come with being an apprentice, with just half of the team currently on their own apprenticeship programmes. Each of them are working to further their skills and knowledge in their chosen occupation in order to provide an even better-quality service to all those they work with. 16
Mandy's Message Apprenticeship expert Mandy Shepherd provides an update on the Apprenticeships at Salford City College recruitment service and what the team have been up to since the last edition. As we reach the end of the academic year, it’s wonderful to reﬂect on all the success we have seen over the past 12 months. It is also the perfect time to look back and think of all of the individuals we have met from schools, our partner colleges and across the local area whom we have supported in starting their apprenticeship journey. As we now move into summer, and into the next academic year, we want to continue seeing success and completing on placing apprentices with incredible employers, and helping people take their ﬁrst steps onto the career ladder. To do to this, we have grown our team even further to accommodate the growing number of people looking for apprenticeships. I am delighted to introduce two new colleagues into our team at Apprenticeships at Salford City College:
SENIOR APPRENTICESHIP LEVY CONSULTANT
APPRENTICE TALENT CO-ORDINATOR
Louise Jones has re-joined the organisation as our Senior Apprenticeship Levy Consultant. She will be working with our biggest employer partners and helping them create apprenticeship opportunities for individuals across this wonderful city. Regan Cox has joined us as our Apprenticeship Talent Co-ordinator. Regan will be the ﬁrst point of contact for anyone interested in becoming an apprentice, or applying for one of our apprenticeship vacancies, and is looking forward to helping those individuals on their journeys. As a team we are really looking forward to a busy summer. We will be supporting all those who have expressed an interest in becoming an apprentice or have applied for one of our vacancies. We will also be holding weekly ‘boot camps’ every Wednesday through summer; these are designed to support people across the City, helping them develop HERD the skills and knowledge they may need to secure their MANDY SHEP UITMENT & BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIP RECR dream apprenticeship. ER LEAD DEVELOPMENT TEAM On Thursday, 20 June, we will also be hosting of our inaugural, Apprenticeships at Salford City College Job Fair. We are thrilled to be launching what, going forward, will be a key, annual event in our calendars. All are welcome to attend. At the event, we will be bringing together some of our best employer partners and introducing them to some of the best talent available here in Salford. We hope to see you all there!
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COLLEGES IN SALFORD JOIN INITIATIVE
TO HELP THE CITY’S NEETS Colleges in the Salford area, Salford City Council, and employers within the city are uniting to support Salford’s young people, specifically, those identified as ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEETs). Salford has double the national average of 16 and 17-year-olds classed as NEET, with 5.8% compared to the average 2.6%. The City also has an estimated 2,000 young adults aged 18-24 who are classified at NEET but who are not claiming benefits. These are known as hidden NEETs and this makes it difficult to get the help and support they need to progress in life. With that in mind, a new, two-year action plan has now been launched in a bid to halve the numbers of NEETs in the area in the coming years. The plan aims to further develop initiatives already in place, such as Build Salford, which has seen 72 young people find training and employment in Salford’s booming construction industry, and the supported internship scheme, which has helped young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the workplace.
The strategy was launched on 15 April 2019 at City Skills.
Michael Sheehan, Principal of SCC Group (which includes Pendleton Sixth Form College, Eccles Sixth Form College, FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Worsley College, City Skills, Apprenticeships at Salford City College and the University Centre at Salford City College), said: “We are committed to supporting this city-wide initiative to ensure that the young people of Salford are provided with the support and expertise that they need to be successful. “Build Salford, The Salford Royal Internship, The Salford Royal Cadet Programme, The Prince’s Trust and The Passport to College programmes are wonderful examples of how the college prepares people for their next steps.”
Previous Build Salford Trainees Jaden (left) and John (right) attended the launch to speak about their journey from NEET to employment.
The Build Salford Traineeship supports 16-24-yearolds and helps them progress onto a career within the City’s construction sector. The Salford Royal Internship and cadets programme help those not already in employment gain careers in the ever-growing health and social care sector, while the Prince’s Trust and the Passport to College programmes are available for all NEETs in the area who want to build their skillset and gain the confidence to re-enter education. If you would like to find out more about any of the above initiatives, please contact one of the colleges in Salford on 0161 631 5000. 19
CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICE AND TAKE YOUR NEXT STEPS UP THE CAREER LADDER
Economic forecasts predict at least 10,000 houses per year will be built in the Greater Manchester region, in the coming years, to meet housing demands. This makes getting into the construction industry an opportunistic career path for apprentices who are just starting out.
A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION When looking out at the skylines of Salford and Manchester, you will almost deﬁnitely spot a crane, construction site or excavator. The region is abundant with large building projects, with more development to come - and with this development comes an increase in jobs and opportunity. However, not everyone dreams of staying in the area, and perhaps you have your heart set on exploring the world or settling somewhere else. Whatever you decide to specialise in, whether its carpentry, joinery, labouring or site management, construction workers are needed across the globe, and the skills you will gain here in Salford, can be taken with you wherever you choose to go. A career in construction is both lucrative and fulﬁlling. Every day you’ll be faced with a new challenge as a project you are working on progresses, or as you move onto a new development. A job role in construction, at any level, is one of the most satisfying careers you can have. As each construction project ends you’ll have the gratiﬁcation of seeing the ﬁnished results and all your hard work and creativity amount to something. Plus, there is also the added bonus that, once you are a qualiﬁed professional, you’ll be paid competitively for your work.
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