Following last year’s highly successful Apprenticeship Week campaign, City College is continuing its drive to create more apprenticeship opportunities in Brighton & Hove. The aim of the ’50 in 5’ campaign is to encourage local employers to make an overall total of 50 pledges to take on an apprentice during the 5 day period Apprenticeship Week lasts from Monday 14th to Friday 18th March.
This year, there is a particular focus on 5 current local priority areas: Creative & Digital Media, IT & Software, Accountancy, Barbering and Patisserie. 50 in 5 is linked with the College’s support of the Greater Brighton 1,000 apprenticeships in 1,000 days campaign led by the Employer Skills Task Force. Formed from over 30 leading businesses and education providers in and around Brighton & Hove including City College, the Task Force was set up in September to tackle local skills shortages.
Apprenticeship Week 2016
During Apprenticeship Week, the College will be involved in a range of activities to raise the profile of Apprenticeships. This includes: young entrepreneur Sam Bishop - who has been running a successful business since he qualified as an apprentice in his late teens – giving young plumbing apprentices a business masterclass; launch of a new Apprenticeship Skillbuilder service offering support & advice for aspiring apprentices, a group of female apprentices meeting primary school girls at City Academy Whitehawk to educate and inspire them on the value of Apprenticeships; a Patisserie Masterclass at the College by apprentice Henry Carter-Smith and George Blogg, Head Chef at Michelin star-rated Gravetye Manor; City College CEO Nick Juba spending an afternoon shadowing a hairdressing apprentice to get an insight into life as an apprentice.
City College’s CEO Nick Juba says:
'Apprenticeship Week nationally is a really effective way of highlighting and celebrating the opportunities Apprenticeships create for the workforce and here in Brighton, we’re looking to build on the fantastic support we’ve had from employers in past years to help young people get their first step on the career ladder. There are specific areas where there is an acute need for Apprenticeship opportunities but we’re eager to hear from employers across all sectors.'
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the College on the campaign and Director Sarah Springford adds:
'We are delighted to be working with City College to increase the number of apprentices in the city. Having an apprentice is a really good way for businesses to increase their capacity, grow and create good quality jobs.'
With its dedicated Apprenticeship Team, City College offers modern facilities, expert tuition and dedicated business support to help employers source the right apprentice and appropriate training programme. The College has an excellent track record of high-quality training and works with over 2000 companies, from large international businesses to small local providers.
If you’re a local employer interested in taking on an apprentice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 667770.