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Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Beth Wright has gone from being unemployed to securing a respectable position as Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Goldfinger Factor, and it’s all thanks to Kensington and Chelsea College’s Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The ambitious 23 year old, started her apprenticeship journey as a Level 2 in Business and Administration, but through a passion for the creative sector, has since progressed onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

Almost 2 months on, Beth is now a big part of the Goldfinger Team and has already sharpened her business, organisation and creative skills.

Goldfinger Factory is a local employer and part of the Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, offering young people in the borough the chance to gain employment opportunities within the creative industry. The factory specialises in the up-cycling of furniture and fit-outs. Speaking about her apprenticeship, Beth said:
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to go back to college to study but also wanted to be in a working environment, to learn new skills from people that have experience in the work place.”

“What I really enjoy about my apprenticeship is meeting new people and learning from others. I especially enjoyed the decorative process of studding – the tutor I worked with was great!”

Beth went on to speak about the skills she has learnt while being on the apprenticeship:
“I have learnt new business skills, how to adapt to change in a working environment, the importance of policies and why we need them in business.”

Kensington and Chelsea College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships and works in partnership with many high-profile London employers including the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces and Hemingway Design.

Kensington and Chelsea College is supporting the National Apprenticeship Week 2015 by joining forces with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000 for the official launch of their Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, this week on the 12th March.

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Apprentices

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea College

It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s apprentices as they beat stiff competition from across London to scoop the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award recognises exemplary young people from across the creative industry who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a difference in their work place.

Hannah Steele and Elijah Bligh-Briggs from the London Transport Museum were presented the awards in front of industry leaders at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock.

The pair has been recognised for their remarkable contribution to the London Transport Museum, through hard work and tenacity. Hannah Steele and Bligh-Briggs – who have now trained as Arts Award advisor – have helped 27 young volunteers achieve an Arts Award, through their coaching and support. As a result, the Arts Award qualification has been introduced into the framework of Young Volunteer Projects on London Transport Museum’s Young People’s Skills Programme.

Speaking about her time at London Transport Museum, Hannah Steele said:
“The people that work here are really supportive. If there’s anything we are interested in, we get to explore it in our work.”

She went on to advise young people who are considering becoming an apprentice:
“I’d tell anyone that was thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. You can earn while you learn, which is a big draw. It’s just like going to work, except you get a qualification at the end of it.”

The award win comes a week before the launch of the ‘Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme’ during National Apprenticeship Week. A programme which has seen the College exclusively partner with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000, to offer creative employment opportunities for young people in the borough.


Exclusive College Partnership Helps Young People Access Careers In The Creative Industry

Exclusive College Partnership Helps Young People Access Careers In The Creative Industry

Kensington and Chelsea College has teamed up with The Westway Trust to offer young people a life changing opportunity to break into the creative industry.

The exclusive partnership has secured 16 young people, aged between 16-24, the opportunity to enter a career pathway in Design, Social Media and Digital Marketing, Arts Administration, Technical Engineering or Community Arts, through a 12-month Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The Westway Trust – one of the first and longest standing social enterprises created in the UK –worked with the College’s Apprenticeship Team, who has links with some of the biggest organisations in the Creative and Cultural sector including the Victoria and Albert Museum, to source candidates for the highly sought after positions.

Those successfully placed into the paid positions will now spend the next 12 months working with a range of creative agencies and organisations across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on specific employer defined projects, attending creative workshops and masterclasses and gaining a Level 2 or 3 qualification through the College.

Local employers offering placement opportunities under the Creative Apprenticeship programme are Goldfinger Factory, Tabernacle, Carnival Village, Mencap, Age UK, Open Age, Hip Hop Shakespeare and the Venture Centre.