‘Spread the word of apprenticeships’ Deputy Minister of Skills and Technology tells Bridgend College apprentices.

img_2522_500x333Thursday (21st Jan) saw the welcomed visit of Deputy Minister of Skills and Technology, Julie James AM who took time out of her busy schedule to visit current and former apprentices from Bridgend College.

At the College’s Pencoed Campus, where a working breakfast took place, the Deputy Minister heard about the apprentice’s experiences on their course and the fantastic career opportunities their apprenticeships had provided them.

A consistent message from apprentices related to the lack of awareness, advice and guidance given in schools regarding apprenticeships.  The Deputy Minister recognised this issue and encouraged apprentices to go back to their schools and ‘raise awareness of the world-class apprenticeships programme we have available in Wales’.

Simon Pirotte, CEO and Principal of Bridgend College expressed his delight to have the Deputy Minister Julie James AM visit the College ‘We like to extend our thanks to the Deputy Minister for visiting us’

‘Our apprentices are a credit to our course tutors and to Bridgend College’ he said.

Bridgend College has delivered some of the best apprenticeship outcomes in Wales over recent years and a Bridgend College apprentice was named the overall winner of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at last year’s prestigious National Apprenticeship awards.