Celebrating Apprenticeship Week
The 11th Apprenticeship Week falls between 5th – 9th March this year and Bridgend College are keen to showcase its Apprenticeship courses to young people, employers and the wider community. During the week, apprentices, employers and providers come together to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships can make on individuals and employers within industries and businesses alike.
Apprenticeships at the College are funded by the European Social Fund led by the Welsh Government, and there are over 60 apprenticeships courses offered and held at our Bridgend and Pencoed campuses.
Many successful careers begin with apprenticeships and employers are generally keen to support and invest in the training and re-training of their staff. Benefits for employers include developing a professional skilled workforce, thus improving productivity, and reducing business costs.
For the apprentice, some of the main benefits include gaining valuable new skills and nationally recognised qualifications as well as the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, with fees covered through a combination of Government funding and the employer.
Bridgend College has seen many of its apprentices successfully move on to full and part time careers, and are proud to have produced previous winners of the National Training Federation for Wales’ Apprentice of the Year two years in a row.
Last year saw Bridgend College learner Alice Slennett successfully complete her apprenticeship at the College and go on to win the Young Apprentice Award 2017. Alice showed excellent dedication throughout and the College is proud to have been part of her progression.
More information on our apprenticeships, as well as their benefits for employers and young learners, can be found on our website here, http://www1.bridgend.ac.uk/apprenticeships/.