Wednesday, February 9, 2011

News: Apprenticeship Week events in Rotherham


Dearne Valley College is celebrating Apprenticeship Week by hosting an awards celebration to congratulate successful, hard working young people and their employers.

On Tuesday 8 February 2011, the college rewarded those that have done well and showed prospective employers the benefits an Apprentice can bring to a business.

Over the past few months nominations have been submitted by employers and apprentices, with the winners announced at the celebration.

The awards were presented at the Wath based college by Paul Townsley, Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College for apprentices in Business Administration, Childcare, Construction, Health and Social Care and Sport. Awards were also be given out for Apprentice of the Year and Employer of the Year.

Kaye Jackson, DVC Business Development Manager said: "The Apprenticeship Awards celebration is to recognise hard work and personal achievement. The celebration is also to raise awareness of Apprenticeship schemes and the benefits that an apprentice can bring to a business."

DVC website

Brinsworth Training will be holding an employer open day to demonstrate the impact they are having on the region's engineering companies with their apprenticeship vacancy numbers, the quality of training being delivered and the opportunities that are available through their centre.

Employers will also have the opportunity to see live demonstrations of Brinsworth's state of the art equipment and to follow up any questions they may have.

South Yorkshire's leading engineering and manufacturing training provider has seen over 100 apprenticeship vacancies placed over the last eight months, a 300% increase on 2009/10 figures.

The open day takes place at Brinsworth Training in Templeborough on Friday February 11.

Brinsworth Training website

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) will be holding an open evening on Wednesday February 9 at the Rother Valley Campus in Dinnington, where tutors and the employer engagement team will be available to discuss Apprenticeships pathways with learners and parents.

Local Motor Vehicle garages and Hairdressing employers are also invited to attend where they will be shown the premises and facilities available to support the learning of new apprentices. Support and guidance will also be available to employers on recruiting and employing apprentices.

Natalie Davies Business Development Manager at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology is excited about the campaign and feels it is important for local organisations to recognise the positive impact that Apprenticeship recruitment could have on their business.

She said: "We are keen to promote the fact that Apprentices have so much to offer. 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive. Apprentices are eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. 57% of employers report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within their company."

RCAT website

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing are providing students with the chance to discover more about training opportunities within the engineering and technology sector.

The MANTRA vehicle will park by the entrance to Sheffield City College, which already works with the organisation to support its apprentices.

The 14-metre technology trailer vehicle, supported by Boeing and the EPSRC, is designed to give young people a hands-on experience of real technologies.

It features information on apprenticeship opportunities within the advanced engineering sector and provides demonstrations, displays and a three-dimensional virtual reality experience.

Professor Keith Ridgway, research director at The AMRC, which has 12 apprentices, said: "MANTRA is designed to give young people a taste of advanced engineering and show that they can create a rewarding career in the sector.

"Apprenticeships are a great way into the industry. Our own apprentices make a valuable contribution to the AMRC and have the opportunity to train while working at the cutting edge of technology."

AMRC website


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