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National Apprenticeship Week Drop In Sessions

Updated: 06/03/2017

Young people wanting to boost their job and career prospects can find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships at The Sheffield College this week.

National Apprenticeship Week Drop In Sessions

Pictured: Alex Harrison, aged 16, is completing an apprenticeship at Sheffield United Football Club Academy.

The College is running two drop-in sessions to showcase the positive impact that apprenticeships have on learners, employers and the local economy.

The National Apprenticeship Week sessions take place on:

  • March 8th from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the College’s City campus, Granville Road.
  • March 9th from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the College’s Hillsborough campus, Livesey Street.

For more information, click here or call 0114 2602600.

Apprenticeships are becoming a career choice for young people, with opportunities in business accounting, administration, creative and digital production, finance, legal services and lab technology as well as many other sectors.

Andrew Hartley, Business Development Director, The Sheffield College, said: “We prepare learners for work, and apprenticeships provide fantastic job prospects for young people. They also help employers to get the skills they need for business growth through recruiting new talent that they can mould or by developing existing staff.”

Sheffield College apprentice Alex Harrison, aged 16, is completing a two-year horticulture apprenticeship at Sheffield United Football Club Academy.

Sheffield United FC Academy in Shirecliffe is open seven days a week and provides coaching for players of all ages and levels, including some who go on to play nationally and internationally.

Alex is part of a team that looks after the training grounds for the Club’s first team players and the next generation of talent including the academy teams under 18s and under 9s.

He said: “I like the practical learning, being outside and working with my hands. In the past, I struggled at school. The apprenticeship has made me a better person and more confident. It’s a great stepping stone into a job.”

His manager Kel Barrowclough, Head Groundsman at Sheffield United FC Academy understands the value that apprenticeships provide to employers.

Kel said: “It’s a seven day a week operation here from 7am to 10pm1. I need staff with the right skills. Our job is to support the first team and other players. They can’t do their job if we don’t do ours. We are very keen on recruiting apprentices because we can mould and train them to our business needs.”

He added: “Apprentices play a very important part of the team here and their prospects are good. We have trained six apprentices, two of whom have jobs with us. The rest have gone on to employment in the turfing industry or sports grounds.”

National Apprenticeship Week runs from March 6th to 10th. Led by the National Apprenticeship Service, it celebrates the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

The Sheffield College is the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas, and works with around 850 employers on apprenticeship programmes for more than 2,000 apprentices aged 16 to 24 and older.

The College can also provide advice and information to employers on the new apprenticeship levy, being introduced by the government next month, and how they can prepare for it.