Kensington and Chelsea College was recently praised by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock for a pre-apprenticeship programme that helped local people secure jobs in construction.
His endorsing comments followed a recent college pre-apprenticeship programme, funded by the European Social Fund and run in partnership with Ardmore construction company. It led to several unemployed people getting jobs on a building project to regenerate Wornington Green, in West London.
Minister Hancock said:
‘Thanks to Kensington and Chelsea College more young people are in the gainful employment that an apprenticeship offers, learning the skills they need to succeed in the jobs market.’
‘Apprenticeships are a good way for people to further their careers, learning the skills important to their employer, while being paid. But while a popular choice, not everybody is at a level to compete for apprenticeship places straight away, and preparatory training – such as that offered by the college and Ardmore serves a vital purpose.’
The college has also successfully ran pre-apprenticeships for the Creative and Culture and Housing sectors, working closely with employers to accurately match candidates to roles and fill skills gaps within an organisation.
Matt Wojtyniak, manager of KCC Works – the college division working with employers to deliver a range of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, said:
‘As well as giving people the skills to secure jobs, pre-apprenticeships can also help cut costs for employers as we can supply a shortlist of strong candidates for vacancies. We always work closely with employers to ensure a candidate’s skills can match those needed for a role an organisation is looking to fill. It’s something we’re particularly good at.’
Date published: 31 October 2012