Kensington and Chelsea College apprentices were praised recently by the Government Ambassador for Apprenticeships – Gordon Birtwistle MP – during a fact-finding visit.
Mr Birtwistle spent two hours at the college’s Wornington centre finding out about the college’s burgeoning apprenticeships programmes and close links with some of London’s most iconic and well-known creative and cultural organisations, including the V&A and Historic Royal Palaces.
He also met with some of the college’s current Business Administration apprentices and their trainers, as well as potential candidates for two creative apprenticeships being recruited for by the college. Mr Birtwistle asked the apprentices about their jobs, if they enjoyed it and how long their apprenticeships would last. The learners commented on how beneficial apprenticeships were and how it created opportunities for young people.
Speaking about his visit the newly appointed Government Ambassador, who himself was a former apprentice, said:
‘It was a great chance for potential apprentices, current apprentices, the employer and myself to get together. Speaking to the apprentices I was impressed with their knowledge and enjoyment.’
The visit was hosted by the college’s Principal Monica Box, the Director of Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships Mathew Corbett and Apprenticeships Manager Matt Wojtyniak. The group later held discussions with Mr Birtwistle focused around the work being done to engage employers and promoting apprenticeships as a genuine alternative to Higher Education and University.
Kensington and Chelsea College is now offering London businesses, with less than 1000 employees, a £3000 grant for each apprentice they take on aged 16-24, for up to ten apprentices (up to £30,000). The grant is only available to businesses that haven’t taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months.
For more information on this and Kensington and Chelsea College’s work with local businesses and apprenticeships please visit www.kcc.ac.uk/employers or contact KCC works on: 0207 573 5322.
Date published: 4 July 2013