APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE Frontier House Merchants Quay Salford Quays M50 3SR 0161 631 5555 firstname.lastname@example.org www.salfordcc.ac.uk Editor-in-chief Allan Milne Features Editor Sophie Mehta Art Direction Tom Davidson Guest Contributors Roy Cavanagh MBE Mandy Shepherd Sarah Allen Abbie Thomson
A welcome to this edition from the team.
Our regular columnist, Roy Cavanagh MBE, discusses some of the apprenticeship industry’s hot topics.
SALFORD THROUGH AND THROUGH...ONE APPRENTICE, ONE CITY
Following on from our previous article, Apprenticeship expert Mandy Shepherd continues to answer some of the most common questions asked by our employers, along with providing us with updates on the apprenticeship service.
HOW AN APPRENTICESHIP WITH SALFORD CITY COLLEGE COULD BENEFIT YOU
11 reasons apprenticeships can benefit you.
Ever wondered how an apprenticeship actually works? Perhaps you’re unsure of how much training you’ll receive or how much time you’ll spend in your workplace or college? We have asked five Salford City College Apprentices what a ‘day in the life of an apprentice’ actually looks like.
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A journey from apprentice to a career in logistics. We spoke to three of our former apprentices who are now successfully employed at logistics firm Davies Turner.
With the help of Apprenticeships at Salford City College, Salford Connexions and Connolly Limited, John Kitoko has now been able to pave his way into the creative career he has always wanted.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SALFORD CITY COLLEGE APPRENTICE
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
BECOME A CHILDCARE & EARLY YEARS APPRENTICE
It takes a very special sort of person to be able to shape the minds of the next generation. In the first five years of a child’s life, their brain develops faster than at any other time, which is why those who care for or teach children in their early years have one of the most important jobs available.
In January, the government launched a new campaign to promote apprenticeships for all. Find out how we’re getting involved.
APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE ARE FIRING UP CAREERS
In January, the government launched a new campaign to promote apprenticeships for all. Find out how we’re getting involved. #FireItUp
APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE’S ABIGAIL HENSTOCK IS NAMED NHS ‘APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR’ Apprenticeships at Salford City College’s very own Abigail Henstock has been named Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Apprentice of the Year 2018.
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Welcome to the fifth Edition of Achieve, the official apprenticeship magazine from Apprenticeships at Salford City College.
Fire it up On January 17 2019 the Government launched a multimillion pound advertising campaign with the intention of signiﬁcantly increasing awareness of apprenticeships. The ‘Fire It Up’ campaign is utilising a range of high proﬁle media channels to really drive home all that is special about apprenticeships. The continued drive to ensure apprenticeships are seen as one of the stand-out pathways for education and careers alike is essential, and we at Apprenticeships at Salford City College are fully backing the ‘Fire it Up’ campaign, alongside National Apprenticeship Week, this March.
Unlimited opportunity In this edition of Achieve we will be focusing on showcasing some of the amazing apprentices we support and the journey they are undertaking to enhance their career prospects. With approximately 1400 apprentices there are obviously too many stories to tell, but hopefully those we have included will encourage more people to recognise the beneﬁts of being an apprentice, or the beneﬁts of employing an apprentice. More and more employers are recruiting apprentices as a way of ﬁlling the gap when it comes to the skills shortages within their business and with around 500 new apprenticeship standards approved or in development, the opportunities are unlimited. A real focus for our Apprenticeship Recruitment and Business Development Team this year will be to create some brilliant opportunities for people across Salford and Greater Manchester. We want to ensure as many children still in school are aware of the opportunities apprenticeships bring and we want more to progress into programmes with us than ever before.
Similarly, across all the colleges in the Salford area, we have some of the most amazing students you will ﬁnd. Many of those students are keen to progress into Higher Education with us, but many are also keen to enter the world of work too through an apprenticeship. We aim to ensure we support all of those young people, whether school leavers or college leavers, with their aspirations, and with our free apprenticeship recruitment service we are certain we will.
Apprenticeship Awards 2019 It does not seem like ﬁve minutes ago that we were celebrating at our Salford City College Annual Apprenticeship Awards in 2018. The evening was a brilliant success with so many inspiring nominations and winners. We are thrilled that the awards are here once again and could not be more excited to meet this year’s inspirational winners and nominees on the 7th March 2019. We don’t doubt the year of 2019 will be bigger and better than ever as we celebrate our amazing apprentices and employers.
Our Apprentices, Our City Finally, we could not conclude this welcome, without mentioning John Kitoko, the fantastic apprentice celebrated on our front cover. John epitomises everything that is great about apprenticeships and Salford. He hasn’t always had it easy, but with the support of his city and the opportunities offered here, he now has a career and successful future ahead of him. Well done John! See the full story on page 4.
Head of Apprenticeships & Partnerships, Senior Leadership
Head of Apprenticeship & Business Development
Head of Apprenticeship Delivery
CAV’S COLUMN ROY CAVANAGH MBE
In a previous edition, the Apprenticeships at Salford City College team highlighted some of the most notable people who not only started out as an apprentice but actually went on to achieve amazing things in life following their apprenticeship. Most of them, or their organisations, are household names. To name but a few, there was Lord Bamford who runs JCB, former Manchester United Football Club Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Formula One’s Ross Brawn, actor Sir Ian McKellen and Chefs Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver.
I have always been passionate about apprenticeships and training, but a few years back I did consider whether or not the word ‘apprentice’ needed changing. I wondered, were apprenticeships regarded as much as they used to be? Were they being forgotten?
Apprenticeships at Salford City College should be your ﬁrst point of call if you’re looking for your next steps to success. They will give you the correct advice and the correct training to help you achieve your own goals.
But thankfully in 2017 the Apprenticeship Levy came in to play, emphasising real change in how we perceive apprenticeships. Plus, the introduction of higher and degree level apprenticeships encouraged people to think of the qualiﬁcations in higher regard.
Give yourself the opportunity to be the next person who starts out as an apprentice.
Because of these changes in recent years I believe the word ‘apprentice’ is becoming more prominent, more interesting and is more and more being associated with reward. Now, many of the professions which once assumed you needed to go to university to get into, you can complete an apprenticeship instead. The introduction of higher or degree level apprenticeships has brought back the word ‘apprentice’ in relation to many of these sectors and professions. Accounting, law, business, to name just a few, offer a brilliant combination of working, earning and learning. You get an excellent qualiﬁcation and loads of real work and world experience. In saying all this whatever pathway you choose, whether it be a conventional apprenticeship, a higher apprenticeship or something else, it is vital that you conform to what is required of you in working life. I always wish I had patented the four ‘A’s which were not the qualiﬁcations required in exams at school, but the four ‘A’s that are required by employers in the real world. They are: ABILITY, AMBITION, ATTENDANCE and ATTITUDE. Wherever you ﬁnish up, they will want you to attend, to show up on time and on a very regular basis. Attitude is also vital, you will meet and work with people you probably would not socialise with, but you need to get along with in a working or learning environment. Hopefully, you have ability and will work on that whilst in education or in the work place. Finally, you must have ambition. Lord Bamford, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ross Brawn, Sir Ian McKellen, Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver, though in very different industries and professions, all have this one thing in common – their hunger to succeed, to always learn more, and to prosper.
“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.
Salford Salford Through Through AND AND Through… Through… One One Apprentice, Apprentice, One One City City John Kitoko is Salford through and through. The Salford City College Apprentice has had his fair share of ups and downs when it comes to his education and found at times he has made unfavourable decisions, but, with the help of City Skills, Apprenticeships at Salford City College, Salford Connexions and Connolly Limited he has now been able to pave his way into the creative career he has always wanted. John has had the city behind him when it comes to his career. After deciding against a full-time college course, the youngster was left confused about his options, until he stepped into Salford Connexions. He said: “If anything, Connexions really did help. Without them I wouldn’t have even got onto the Prince’s Trust Programme at City Skills, Salford City College.” John joined the 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which aims to help young people uncover their hidden talents, improve their conﬁdence and gain new skills. He continued: “The Prince’s Trust gave me many new skills; things like employability and communications skills. The programme helped me with my conﬁdence and I now ﬁnd it easier to speak to people as a result.” By this point John was well and truly under the wing of the college. Shortly after completing his Prince’s Trust Team Programme he was enrolled onto the Build Salford Traineeship which is run by the college’s apprenticeship provision. Available to 16-24 year olds in the City of Salford, Build Salford is a unique partnership of over 15 dedicated industry partners, Apprenticeships at Salford City College and Salford City Council, who all have one shared interest: to create as many opportunities as possible for young people looking to kick start their career within the construction industry.
“John really took to the painting and decorating environment and his role. It was based on his performance in the traineeship that we decided to offer him a full-time apprenticeship, and what a great decision it was, he has really thrived. He has really grown in conﬁdence and being placed on site has given him a lot of resilience and personal strength which will enable him to continue to ﬁnd his way in life and create career options for himself.” It seems John agrees, he added: “What I like most about my apprenticeship is the fact I am learning new skills and getting paid. I’m getting paid at such a young age too which is a big bonus. I’m actually doing something I like doing and get paid to do that.” It had been quite the journey for John before he managed to secure his apprenticeship with Connolly, but he ﬁnally feels he is on the right track to a successful future thanks to the opportunities he has been given by these Salfordbased organisations. He said: “In my past, I have made bad choices when it came to my education, or so I thought. Now I know, if I had not gone to Salford Connexions then I would never have gotten this job. I’d never have been put onto the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, the Build Salford Traineeship and then my apprenticeship.” What’s next for John? He said: “It’s great to have learnt this trade, it’s something I’ll always have and I feel conﬁdent I’ll always be employable. I’m hoping after the apprenticeship I’ll be able to ﬁnd full-time employment.”
Initially, John wasn’t sure about a career in construction, he said: “When I ﬁrst started at Build Salford I thought my only option was to work on a big construction site or something similar. I had no idea something like painting and decorating would be an option for me.
Kerry has her own hopes for the young apprentice. “In the long term, I’d love to see John grow and develop his own art. To grow and bring his creativity and artistic ﬂair and combine it with the skills he now has in painting and decorating – I think it will take him onto to great things.”
“For my GCSEs I did art, music and drama. I’m a creative person so painting was much more up my street than working on a construction site, but that is the great thing about the traineeship, it had much more to offer than meets the eye.”
“He has passion and creativity and this is hopefully the gateway to bigger and better things.”
It was the perfect ﬁt. Following the 16-week Build Salford Programme, John secured himself a full-time apprenticeship with one of the traineeship’s partners. Kerry Whittle, Business Development Leader from Connolly Limited who
employed John, said: “I ﬁrst met John on the Build Salford Programme, one of the opportunities was for a painting and decorating traineeship through a scheme with Salix Homes, who are also part of Build Salford.
John is a great example of the opportunities that are on offer in the City or Salford. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice of perhaps joining the Build Salford Traineeship, please contact Apprenticeships at Salford City College on 0161 631 5555. If you are interested in ﬁnding out more about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme contact the Admissions Team on 0161 631 5000.
Pictured (left to right): Stephen Farrell, Painting & Decorating Teacher at City Skills, Gary Taylor, Head of Construction & Building Engineering Services at City Skills, John Kitoko, Kerry Whittle, Business Development Leader at Connolly Ltd, Brent Rowson, Trainer Assessor for Painting & Decorating at Apprenticeships at Salford City College
“It’s great to have LEARNT this trade, it’s something I’ll always have and I feel confident I’ll always be employable.” 5
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EVER WONDERED HOW AN APPRENTICESHIP ACTUALLY WORKS? PERHAPS YOU ARE UNSURE OF HOW MUCH TRAINING YOU WILL RECEIVE OR HOW MUCH TIME YOU WILL SPEND IN YOUR WORKPLACE OR COLLEGE? WE HAVE ASKED FIVE SALFORD CITY COLLEGE APPRENTICES WHAT A ‘DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN APPRENTICE’ ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE.
BONGANI MASILELA Bongani, Apprentice Ground Worker at Dawnus Construction, is currently working on the Salford and Manchester Inner Relief Route Improvement Project. He said: “On a typical day, I’d be helping out and shadowing the labourers on site. It’s my responsibility to ensure the site it kept clean and tidy and I am always on hand to fulﬁl any task sent my way. “Every Monday I attend college completing work for my qualiﬁcation and getting extra training at City Skills, which has the best facilities for construction in this area. Spending this day in college being able to dedicate my time to completing my apprenticeship work means my daily routine on site is not disrupted. I can concentrate on my work and learning the job.”
E L I S H A E L LW O O D Elisha Ellwood is currently working towards her hospitality apprenticeship at The Glass House at Worsley, a local training restaurant located at Worsley College. She said: “A typical Thursday in the Glass House at Worsley involves organising bookings for the day and setting up for service. I am responsible for deploying students who are training in the restaurant to check things like stock, clean the bar and restaurant and I allocate waiting staﬀ to tables. I am also responsible for leading team brieﬁngs about allergens and I oversee service, deal with payments and help to motivate the students. “I meet with my assessor once each week to discuss assessment criteria and this is often followed by a meeting with my line manager to talk about how we can cover this in my daily work. Everyone involved is extremely supportive and it’s great to be able to train within a real life working restaurant to complete my qualiﬁcation.”
JAN BODEN Jan, Apprenticeship and Partnership Finance Co-ordinator at SCC Group, is currently completing her Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship alongside her full time role at the college. Jan was asked to work towards her qualiﬁcation in order to upskill and improve her abilities. She said: “I am undertaking an apprenticeship to beneﬁt my current role and to improve my skills as a team leader. I hope with this additional qualiﬁcation I will be able to improve my prospects for promotion at some point in the future. “Fitting an apprenticeship in alongside an already busy job can be diﬃcult but it’s very ﬂexible and I am able to work around my other professional commitments. Sometimes that means doing a little bit of my apprenticeship work every day and other times it means taking a full day away to work on it.”
PAU L S M I T H Paul Smith, Clinical Support Worker at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, trained as part of the Salford Royal and Salford City College Sector Based Work Academy. He said: “I work on the Pendleton Ward which is an interim ward so we get admissions and discharges throughout the day, meaning bed areas need to be cleaned and prepared. As support we are responsible for helping out with everything from breakfasts, lunches and teas, to cleaning patients. I might also ﬁnd myself updating the pressure book or kitchen nutrition board. “I was part of the Sector Based Work Academy, which led me into full-time employment here at the hospital. As part of the programme I took part in a four week classroom based element which was delivered by Apprenticeships at Salford City College before completing a 10 week work placement at the Trust.”
Muneeba has just completed her apprenticeship at Ramillies Hall Nursery in Cheadle as a Level 2 Nursery Apprentice and is now a full time employee. She said: “My typical day in the nursery involved doing group activities with the children including phonics and maths. We facilitate play with the children, which might involve making sandcastles, painting pictures, having races or taking them on a wellie walk on the school ﬁeld. “We as staﬀ at the nursery would be there for the children ensuring they are having lots of fun but that they are emotionally taken care of as well. “I met with my assessor at least once a month and we maintained contact between meetings via email. She always gave me plenty of time to complete the tasks I was set and didn’t pressure me in any way. I had ample time during my working week to get through tasks and it helped knowing she was always on the other end of a phone or email.” 7
2019 SEES THE 12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK TAKES PLACE ON THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH EVERY YEAR
‘BLAZE A TRAIL’ IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN AS IN THE WORDS OF APPRENTICESHIPS AND SKILLS MINISTER, ANNE MILTON, ‘BLAZING A TRAIL IS WHAT BEING AN APPRENTICE IS ALL ABOUT’. 8
MORE THAN 33,500 ASPIRING APPRENTICES WERE REACHED IN NAW18 THANKS TO THE #10KTALKS MOVEMENT
780 APPRENTICESHIP EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON NAW IN 2018, ACROSS ENGLAND
WHAT GETS YOU FIRED UP? IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION LAUNCHED THE #FIREITUP CAMPAIGN TO INSPIRE AND EXCITE POTENTIAL APPRENTICES AND EMPLOYERS
APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE AND NAW2019: HERE’S HOW WE’RE GETTING INVOLVED • Every year, during National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships at Salford City College host their apprentice and employer awards, celebrating the success of those they work with • We are launching the Salford Skills for Business Apprenticeship Fund in partnership with Salford City Council. The fund will invest in apprenticeship training across the city to help create job opportunities for Salford residents. It will create more quality and sustainable apprenticeship opportunities to grow talent within the city, help small organisations meet the cost of apprenticeship training and also help existing employees close skills gaps in key sectors such as health and social care, digital, construction, hospitality, business and professional. 9
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APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE ARE CAREERS TRAILBLAZING IS THE THEME FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK, WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL FRIDAY 8 MARCH. Throughout the week, the Department for Education will be highlighting all the opportunities apprenticeships bring to young people and adults alike. The apprenticeships team at Salford City College is supporting this year’s campaign by showcasing all they do to help apprentices fire up their careers and to help employers find the hottest talent.
SMOULDER AS AN APPRENTICE Salford City College has, for the last three years, been the number one college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Manchester. The college boasts having over 1,300 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 has implemented an ambitious growth plan to raise this number, with a view of having 2,000 apprentices on programme by 2021. Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development at Salford City College, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is huge for the college, and we are 100 per cent in support of this year’s ‘blaze a trail’ theme. “We believe every apprentice deserves their time to shine, which is why each year, during National Apprenticeship Week, we hold our Annual Apprenticeship Awards in celebration of both our employer clients and talented apprentices. “We also offer our apprentices a unique service whilst they are on programme with us. We employ dedicated Support Officers to care for and assist with any personal issues and struggles. “As a college we believe having this support means they will perform better in their apprenticeship. Support Officers make it their mission to ensure the happiness of apprentices.”
APPRENTICESHIPS THAT SIZZLE Apprenticeships are more popular than ever before. They offer a way to develop the skills of an individual that are specific to the desires of the employer, and gain them a qualification at no cost to themselves. In the 2016 to 2017 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 to 2008 academic year – showing just how prevalent they are becoming. Allan said: “The recent apprenticeship reforms have ensured that apprenticeships are recognised by all as a fantastic way to develop a career, without incurring any student loans or study debts. “The government have placed apprenticeships at the heart of the skills system in the UK, ensuring all apprenticeships provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to thrive in their chosen career. “We at Salford City College provide an outstanding apprenticeship provision. 80% of our apprentices succeed in completing their apprenticeship and go on to further employment, which is an incredible 13% above the national average.”
RED-HOT TALENT FOR EMPLOYERS Allan said: “Businesses need apprentices to develop their talent and drive their organisation forward. We already support over 400 employers which include both local and national companies. Marks & Spencer, N Brown, Seddon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and w Group are just a handful of dedicated employer clients. “A lot of these employers choose to work with Apprenticeships at Salford City College because of the brilliant apprentices we provide them with. They recognise our apprentices as being of the highest quality. We work with employers who invest in apprentices long-term, supporting their career development and progression.” But, the college doesn’t only source fresh new talent for their employer clients, they also train and upskill the current workforce, showing just how versatile these qualifications really are. If you want to blaze your own trail as an apprentice or perhaps you’re on the hunt for some scorching new talent, then contact Apprenticeships at Salford City College on 0161 631 5555 or by email at email@example.com.
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‘‘ I AM SO HAPPY THAT I DECIDED TO DO AN APPRENTICESHIP’’ APPRENTICESHIPS AT SALFORD CITY COLLEGE’S ABIGAIL HENSTOCK IS NAMED NHS ‘APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR’ Apprenticeships at Salford City College’s very own Abigail Henstock has been named Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust Apprentice of the Year 2018. “I felt very privileged to have won Apprentice of the Year for my Trust. I wasn’t expecting to even be nominated, so to win was amazing.” Those were the words of Abigail, Communications and Creative Media Apprentice, after winning Wrightington,Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s Apprentice of the Year award at their annual Recognising Excellence Awards. She continued: “I am very proud of the work I do, and to work for the NHS, so it was such a good feeling to be noticed for this hard work.”
ABIGAIL HAS EMBRACED EVERY OPPORTUNITY GIVEN TO HER. IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME SHE HAS SHOWN TO BE AN INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM AND HAS CONTRIBUTED IMMENSELY TO MANY PROJECTS. Each year the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust host their Recognising Excellence Awards for staff within their Trust. 2018 was the first year the Trust recognised apprentices with the introduction of the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category. Abigail triumphed over five other nominees to win the accolade and become their first ever Apprentice of the Year. Abigail said: “I was shocked to know I had won the award as I had only started at the Trust in May, so I hadn’t even been there a year yet when I won. “However, I feel like I have worked extremely hard towards my apprenticeship so far. That said, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team and tutor. My team have pushed me outside my comfort zone for which I am very grateful.
“My confidence has grown throughout my apprenticeship as I have been working with many well known companies, including the BBC, ITV, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. I have written many press releases that have gone to national papers, television programmes and radio stations. I am also responsible for our Instagram page which will have a lasting effect on the way out patients view the Trust’s reputation and services.” Rachel McGrory, Senior Communications and PR Officer at the Trust, and the person who put Abigail forward for the award, said: “Since joining the External Communications and PR Team, Abigail has embraced every opportunity given to her. In a short space of time she has shown to be an invaluable member of the team and has contributed immensely to many projects, showing willing, creativity and promise. “Abigail adds value to the team with her exceptional design and social media skills and is confident and willing to get involved in tasks that she has little or no previous experience in. Her innovation has brought to fruition many projects that will continue on after she has completed her apprenticeship. “In particular, her work in social media and her part in creating the Trust’s Instagram account. She has certainly raised the bar for any future apprentices joining the External Communications and PR team.” Following her win, Abigail now hopes to inspire the next generation of apprentices and excel in her own career. She said: “I am going to be talking during National Apprentice Week to staff at the NHS who are considering an apprenticeship. I am so happy that I decided to do an apprenticeship and don’t regret a thing. “After my apprenticeship, I would like to carry on working for the hospital as I find it really interesting and feel a sense of achievement when I hear feedback about WWL on our social media from the public. I hope that all my achievements and experience I have gained whilst working for WWL will take me far in my career.”
If like Abigail, you are an ambitious individual looking to take your first step onto the career ladder, contact the Salford City College Apprenticeship Team on 0161 631 5555 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 13
A JOURNEY FROM APPRENTICE TO A CAREER IN LOGISTICS Three former Salford City College apprentices have made the transition from full-time apprentices to full-time freight employees at Davies Turner, a logistics and supply chain company.
Jodie Broadbent, Jack Ryan and Rachael Davis talk imports and expectations as they explain how an apprenticeship in business administration drove them directly into an unlikely career in transportation. “I am now an Ocean Import Coordinator, I import goods from all over the world including China, the Far East, US, Australia, Dubai, even Africa”, said former apprentice Jodie who believes her apprenticeship was the cargo she needed to coordinate her new career. She said: “I just can’t imagine this being a career I would have gone into without having learnt all I did through my apprenticeship. I don’t think you could do this job without having done an apprenticeship beforehand. They slowly ease you in, teaching you the basics of the industry. This is why I chose an apprenticeship in the first place, to get me into a career and enable me to learn all I need from the inside. “My employer really focused on me as an apprentice and on my training. They gave me a lot to do so I had a variety of things to learn about at all times – it was a really positive experience.”
Jodie is confident that thanks to her apprenticeship she has found the career path for her and would even recommend a career in logistics to others who may be unsure about their futures. She said: “I really enjoy working here and I enjoy my role, I’d certainly recommend a job in logistics to someone looking at starting an apprenticeship, it’s really interesting. In fact, people are surprised
with the things I’ve actually learnt about. I’ve found out a lot about things like designer brands and how they are exported and how they make profit. You’d be surprised the kinds of things you learn about working in this industry.” Jack Ryan, another former Salford City College apprentice is now taken on by the company, is now a full-time Customer Relationship Coordinator. Jack said his apprenticeship exceeded all his expectations and is pleased with where he has ended up. He said: “When I signed up for a Business Administration Apprenticeship it was not what I expected, but it’s actually a lot better than I expected.” “I never even considered a job in this industry before but I’m so glad I’ve ended up where I am. When I started my Business Administration Apprenticeship, I had no idea I’d be learning all about this industry and really getting the skills I needed for such a promising career. It’s not really an administration job I’m doing, it involves admin but it’s so much more, and it’s been a lot better than I ever thought. “Learning on the job is what I believe has landed me this career. You get helped out on the job as an apprentice. I knew nothing about logistics and the freight industry when I came into my apprenticeship and they have taught me pretty much everything about it to be successful in this role.” Jack feels Davies Turner have really helped him find his ideal role. He said: “In my team we deal directly with the customers. They come to us for quotes and we deal with collecting shipments and so on. The biggest highlight of the job for me has been creating these relationships with the customers. It’s what I believe I am good at and I really think the company has found an ideal role for me within the business.”
Rachael Davies, who works in Ocean Import, has too travelled some distance since starting her apprenticeship. She said: “I didn’t really know what I’d be doing when I started doing the Business Administration Apprenticeship, but it’s turned out to be a lot more interesting than I ever imagined. “Doing the apprenticeship and working with the employer has really helped me understand the industry. I’m a practical person so working and learning on the job has really been beneficial to me and I’d recommend this pathway to anyone who learns in the way I do. “One thing I’ve taken away from this whole experience is the fact I really believe apprenticeships can offer a lot more than you might think. Just look at me, I’ve potentially found a career for life!”
Jodie Broadbent & Rachael Davis
If you are interested in an apprenticeship, why not get in touch with Apprenticeships at Salford City College who have links with over 400 different employers across the region in a variety of sectors and industries. Call them on 0161 631 5555.
“WHEN I SIGNED UP FOR A BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION APPRENTICESHIP THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, BUT IT’S ACTUALLY A LOT BETTER THAN I EXPECTED.” – JACK RYAN 15
Mandy's Message After debuting in the last edition, Mandy’s Message is back! 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.
It been a busy few months for the recruitment team. We have made some exciting appointments to better fit the needs of our employer clients and apprentice talent. These fantastic new roles focus on specific support for small and medium sized employers as well as continued support for large employers. Welcome to Abbie and Sarah, our new Apprentice & Employer Advisors, and continued appreciation to Christine Birney, an already familiar face.
ABBIE THOMSON APPRENTICE & EMPLOYER ADVISOR
SARAH ALLEN APPRENTICE & EMPLOYER ADVISOR
CHRISTINE BIRNEY COMMERCIAL & SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANT
BRAND NEW EMPLOYER HANDBOOK We are also hard at work creating our new apprenticeship employer handbook. This brand new publication will be available at the end of March and will provide in depth information for employers and apprentices alike. WELCOME TO OUR NEW EMPLOYER CLIENTS I’d also just like to say welcome on board to a number of new employer clients who have instructed us to find them brilliant new apprentices. We work with around 470 employers at any one time. The team are also working very hard with local schools and our partners across the SCC Group to ensure a smooth transition for youngsters leaving education and moving into apprenticeships. Over the summer months we will place upwards of 300 youngsters into apprenticeship opportunities.We are always seeking new opportunities for our brilliant talent, so if your business needs some fresh recruits, please get in touch. SUMMER PLANS - SCHOOL LEAVER WORKSHOPS This year our apprenticeship team is going to give every school leaver in Salford a chance to come and take part in some workshops throughout the summer whilst they await their GCSE grades. This will include CV workshops, mock interviews, careers advice, goal setting and general employability support. We are aiming to increase the confidence in this year’s school leavers to help them either gain employment as an apprentice or become a full-time student. For more information contact the team on 0161 631 5555 or by emailing email@example.com.
HERD MANDY SHEP ENT & BUSINESS UITM APPRENTICESHIP RECR LEADER DEVELOPMENT TEAM
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0161 631 5581 07540 672 476 cc.ac.uk mandy.shepherd@salford www.salfordcc.ac.uk
YOU CAN ONLY BECOME TRULY ACCOMPLISHED AT SOMETHING YOU LOVE. DON’T MAKE MONEY YOUR GOAL. INSTEAD, PURSUE THE THINGS YOU LOVE DOING AND THEN DO THEM SO WELL THAT PEOPLE CAN’T TAKE THEIR EYES OFF YOU. - MAYA ANGELOU
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HOW AN APPRENTICESHIP WITH
COULD BENEFIT YOU! EARN WHILE YOU LEARN!
When working towards an apprenticeship, not only are you gaining a recognised qualiﬁcation in your chosen area of expertise but you’ll be doing all of that whilst getting paid for every hour you are in work. Imagine what you could do with that extra income!
GAIN REAL-LIFE WORK EXPERIENCE - WHICH IS KEY TO YOUR FUTURE PROSPECTS AND EMPLOYABILITY.
Apprenticeships are about more than just learning and training. You’ll be in a real-life work setting from day one, getting to grips and thriving in your chosen workplace from the beginning, making your transition to full-time working life smooth and giving you that extra edge over other candidates with only the qualiﬁcations to offer.
YOUR EMPLOYER COVERS YOUR FEES
Although you are studying a qualiﬁcation, you won’t need to worry about course fees, student ﬁnance and loans. Your employer and the government will cover the tuition fees for your course (including degree apprenticeships). This means graduate apprentices can be debt free.
MAKE USE OF THE BIKE TO WORK SCHEME Every apprentice in Greater Manchester is given the opportunity to get themselves a free refurbished bike with accessories to help you with your commute to and from work. For more information go to: www.tfgm.com/travel-choices
RECEIVE FREE AND REDUCED BUS FAIR
As an apprentice in Greater Manchester you’ll receive a free bus pass for the ﬁrst four weeks of your apprenticeship followed by a reduced rate monthly ticket for the ﬁrst four months of your apprenticeship For more information go to: www.tfgm.com/travel-choices 18
CASH IN ON STUDENT DISCOUNTS
Apprentices are students too. With that in mind as an apprentice you can apply for an NUS card giving you very special discounts in many of your favourite retail shops and restaurants.
ENJOY 20 DAYS HOLIDAY PLUS ALL BANK HOLIDAYS You’ll be treated the same as a full-time employee in your workplace and as an employee you are entitled to at least 20 days annual leave per year alongside the usual bank holidays.
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOCIAL
You’ll be given many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends when completing your apprenticeship from new work colleagues to other apprentices. There will always be an opportunity to get involved in workplace team building activities and events .
TAKE YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE AS A SALFORD CITY COLLEGE AWARD-WINNER When studying on a programme with Apprenticeships at Salford City College, you could be in with a chance of being nominated for one of our Annual Apprenticeship Awards – giving you your chance to shine!
MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR FUTURE CAREER The choice is yours… there are over 400 different apprenticeships in a variety roles and sectors. So, whether you’re looking for a career in business administration, hair and beauty or construction we have something for everyone.
SPEND YOUR TIME WISELY
You won’t be spending all of your valuable time studying. Most of your time will be working for a company as an employee gaining valuable practical experience which will greatly beneﬁt you in the future.
CHILDCARE & EARLY YEARS APPRENTICE AND TAKE YOUR NEXT STEPS UP THE CAREER LADDER
THERE ARE OVER 2.9 MILLION PEOPLE WORKING IN EDUCATION IN THE UK, IN A RANGE OF DIFFERENT ROLES, MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND REWARDING SECTORS TO WORK IN.
A CAREER IN CHILDCARE AND EARLY YEARS It takes a very special sort of person to be able to shape the minds of the next generation. In the ﬁrst ﬁve years of a child’s life, their brain develops faster than at any other time which is why those who care for or teach children in their early years have one of the most important jobs out there. Not only is a career in childcare an important and respected pathway but it is also known as being one of the most rewarding professions. If you are working in a childcare setting, one-on-one with children, you will likely be a role model. Your days will be ﬁlled with joy, creativity, play and learning and if that’s not enough you will become a key person in the lives of the children you work with preparing them for their future. If you choose to work in a ﬁeld such as research, therapy or social work, you will be rewarded with the knowledge that your work will continue to beneﬁt and improve the lives of many young children and their families.
Caring in nature
Interested in child development
Early Years Teacher
Organised and able to stick to a routine
Patient in nature
Empathetic with good interpersonal skills
Speech and Language Therapist
Assertive and able to give instructions
CHILDCARE PATHWAYS Education is critical to the future of the region. More and more people of all ages are in some form of education in Greater Manchester. From the growing number of nursery chains to the growing student population the sector is booming. With this in mind, it’s the perfect time to embark upon an apprenticeship and training in childcare and early years. Apprenticeships at Salford City College offer programmes in:
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORKFORCE | DIGITAL LEARNING DESIGN | EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR | LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT | SUPPORTING TEACHING & LEARNING IN SCHOOLS | RESIDENTIAL CHILDCARE
WHICH SECTOR? WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO FIND A SUITABLE EMPLOYER – EARN WHILE YOU LEARN!
APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE Carpentry & Joinery Decorative Finishes Plastering Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Domestic Plumbing & Heating Gas Engineering Heating & Ventilation Service & Maintenance Building Services Engineering Technician Construction Site Engineering Technician Electrical Installation Technical & Professional Construction
APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE Professional Accountancy Business Administration Credit Controller Compliance/Risk Ofﬁcer Customer Service Practitioner Digital Marketing Financial Services Administrator IT Application Specialist Leadership & Management Project Management
APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE Adult Care Worker Leader Adult Care Worker Clinical Healthcare Support Care Leadership & Management WE ARE IN THE TOP FOUR COLLEGES IN THE COUNTRY FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE APPRENTICESHIPS
Healthcare Support Worker Senior Healthcare Support Worker
Children & Young People’s Workforce
Digital Learning Design Early Years Educator Learning and Development Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Residential Childcare
Retail Team Leader Retail Manager Commis Chef Hospitality Supervisor Hospitality Team Member Beauty Professional Hair Professional Hairdressing
TO FIND OUT MORE, CONTACT THE TEAM TODAY ON 0161 631 5555
0161 631 5555