The College has been shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year category of the North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2017.
Run by Johnston Press, the awards celebrate and recognise the hardworking individuals and organisations involved in apprenticeships and how they shape the city’s future.
Andrew Hartley, Business Development Director, The Sheffield College, said: “We have seen increased demand for apprenticeships, are proud of our high achievement rates and delighted that this success has been recognised.”
He added: “High quality apprenticeships enable young people and adults to get the skills that employers need, boost their employment prospects and help the local economy by supporting business growth.”
The Sheffield College has seen 24% growth in its direct delivery of apprenticeships during the last two years. According to the latest annual statistics, the College’s apprenticeship qualification achievement rate was 76.4% in 2015/16 compared to the national average of 67%.
The College offers apprenticeships in a number of industry sectors that are important to Sheffield, and has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually. As a large employer, the College also recruits and trains apprentice within the organisation.
The College’s apprenticeship offer spans a broad range of industry sectors including business and professional services, catering and hospitality, construction, the creative industries, digital technology, education, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, scientific and laboratory services, and sport and leisure.
More than 2,000 apprentices are training with the College at any one time, supported by 850 employers. They include apprentice Alex Pickering, 19, who is training as a camera operator with Sheffield-based outside broadcast company Televideo.
Alex said: “I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship. I love working under pressure, and to deadline, and learning on the job. I studied A Levels but decided I didn’t want to go to university.”
He added: “I just wanted to get straight into the world of work. We’ve been on some great assignments including amateur and world boxing, basketball and world wrestling assignments. A lot of my friends have gone to university but I feel that I am ahead of them now with my industry skills and experience.”
Paul Scivill, Managing Director, Televideo, commented: “Our priority is to recruit home grown talent, create jobs and invest in the broadcast industry regionally. We are really pleased to be working with The Sheffield College to train our first apprentices in the right skills that support our business growth.”
The College has been working with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of national changes to help employers benefit from the government’s new apprenticeship levy introduced in April 2017. For more information, click here or call 0114 2602600.
There are 14 categories in the North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards, and 49 finalists have been shortlisted in total. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 16th at the Showroom in Sheffield. Visit https://nmsyapprenticeshipawards.com/.