Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News: Rotherham college's 50/50 challenge


Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) has set out on a mission to help the unemployed in South Yorkshire after launching a "50 in 50" campaign aimed at small to medium businesses.

The College has started a campaign to local businesses to create 50 apprentice roles in 50 days.

The challenge comes as the nation celebrates Adults Learners' Week and as most school-leavers look at their future after examinations.

Stephen Casey, head of business improvement at RCAT, said: "We have launched the "50 in 50" campaign to not only help raise awareness of the apprenticeship opportunities available but to show the smaller businesses how they can develop themselves.

"At this moment in time, with schools coming to a close, the recruitment pool is bigger and apprenticeships are an excellent cost effective way of growing their business."

A recent national survey of 4,000 employers showed high satisfaction rates of apprenticeships among businesses. 88% employers were satisfied (with 69% being very satisfied) with the relevance of the training and 85% were satisfied (with 66% being very satisfied) with the quality of the training provided by their provider.

Nearly half (47%) had already recommended apprenticeships to other employers.

Apprenticeships provide a balanced mixture of practical skills and learning through the completion of technical training and a certificate, diploma or an NVQ. The on-and-off job learning ensures that the skills learned are ideal for businesses.

For a business, apprenticeships can bring benefits including; increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce – plus are available to any age.

There are over 400 apprentices who study at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and receive support through the College to make sure they are getting the most out of their apprenticeship.

To help employers further the College in partnership with The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the National Apprenticeship Scheme are currently offering employers financial support to help recruit apprentices.

RCAT website


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