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National Apprenticeship week

With the recession looking like it could be turning a corner, national Apprenticeship week (1 – 5 February 2010) couldn’t be more timely.

Taking on an Apprentice can be a very cost effective way of growing your workforce plus they give young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience whilst studying towards an industry recognised qualification.

Calvin Lindsay 20, is studying IT at Kensington and Chelsea College and comments:

‘I began looking for Apprenticeships in IT and applied for one at Hammersmith and Fulham Bridge Partnership that seemed to be exactly what I was looking for: a job in IT support linked to Kensington and Chelsea College where I would work towards an NVQ qualification.

The Apprenticeship has really helped me bridge the gap between school and work. In the workplace, I realised that I was learning more and more every day. Job shadowing my more experienced colleagues contributed to this. However the times I have learnt the most were when I have been ‘thrown in the deep end’ and forced to think through problems logically for myself.

The Apprenticeship has given me a real grounding in my career, and I know that I could use it to progress within my job.’

Kensington and Chelsea College also run an Entry to Employment (e2e) program. Aimed at those aged 16-18, the programme offers free training, careers advice and help finding an Apprenticeship job or a suitable course. You also get up to £30 a week EMA (education maintenance allowance)

For more information about Apprenticeships and training with Kensington and Chelsea College call 020 7573 5310 or email solutions@kcc.ac.uk