Apprentices here, there and everywhere

Torbay Weekly

Next week, South Devon College will be joining with local businesses to celebrate all things apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

Over the course of the week, the College’s careers team will be visiting local schools to raise awareness of the benefit of choosing an apprenticeship as their next step after GCSEs.

With the Government’s continued commitment to investing in apprenticeships and the contribution of this type of ‘hands on’ training to the recovery of the economy, there has never been a stronger message to share with young people.

Meanwhile, I will be working with Torbay Business Forum to deliver a special Breakfast Bytes Apprenticeships Takeover online on 8th February at 8.30am.

You can register now to hear from Stephen Reynolds and Jim Parker on the Torbay Story, Sharron Robbie MBE with Apprenticeship Updates, Jo Skeel on how employers can influence young people’s careers and Sonam Sehemby from Specsavers Audiology on how apprenticeships benefit the business.

Visit the Torbay Business Forum website to register.

As a College, we will also be trying to bust some common myths around apprenticeships, including the fact that they’re just for school leavers. With a growing list of higher and degree apprenticeships, this route should be equally attractive for adults, either those wishing to learn a new trade, or those currently in employment but wanting to upskill in order to progress their career.

Since 2017, the pinnacle of National Apprenticeship Week at South Devon College has been our own Apprenticeship Awards evening, usually hosted in Torquay in February and judged and hosted by prominent figures from our local business community.

This year, the awards will take place on 30th June at The Imperial, Torquay – giving you more time to nominate an apprentice of any age who’s making a real mark within your organisation.

There are 14 sector specific categories as well as two Best Employer awards. The coveted Apprentice of the Year award is selected from all of our fantastic apprentices, and recognises an outstanding level of achievement and contribution to the workplace during what has been an incredibly challenging year.

Finally, I will be representing South Devon College in Rowcroft’s Jail or Bail fundraising event in February. I will be placed under arrest for ‘trying to do too much at once’ before standing trial at Rowcroft Hospice.

My punishments will include spending a full day being tested at practical apprenticeship sessions at the College, including bricklaying, catering and hairdressing, with a deadline of 5pm to raise my bail through sharing my activities on social media. Watch this space and please give generously!

If all of this activity inspires you to take your first step with employing an apprentice, we’re on hand to offer free training needs analysis – just get in touch

Emily Tucker
Head of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement
South Devon College