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Employers and Parents learn more about Apprenticeships

In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week 2016, local employers and parents were invited to Eastleigh College to find out more about the benefits of Apprenticeships and why they are becoming an increasingly popular route to a successful career.

The College held a two course lunch for employers, cooked and served by the College’s Hospitality and Catering students. Attendees included Premier Inn, ICS Cool Energy, Watermark Spas Limited and Rownhams Lane Dental Practice.

The companies were able to find out the true business benefits of taking on an Apprentice by speaking to other employers. Patterson Reeves and Partners and Gair Gas presented their views on how Apprentices have benefitted their business, while representatives from Eastleigh College Training Agency gave an overview of what recruiting Apprentices involves.

Wendy Hinchcliffe, ICS Cool Energy, felt it was very worthwhile hearing from other employers about their experiences, “The speakers made some good points, particularly about how an Apprentice can have a positive impact on the rest of your team through the good practice you instil.”

Lex Bartlett, The Pig in the Forest, said, “We really enjoyed today. We already have some Apprentices but came to see what Eastleigh College can offer. For us, Apprentices help the recruitment process because we can get them in from a young age and train them to the standard we need.”

Parents were also at invited to an information evening where they were able to speak to an employer and the Eastleigh College Apprenticeship Agency. The speakers revealed what it’s like to be an Apprentice in addition to advice and guidance on searching and applying for an Apprenticeship.

Jan Wyeth, whose daughter is currently in Year 10 at school and is interested in an Apprenticeship in Childcare, said “We didn’t know much about Apprenticeships so we have learnt a lot this evening. Everyone has been really friendly and [my daughter] is on a high, we’ll be coming back to the open event next week.”

Jeanette Pace, whose son is set on doing an Apprenticeship, is pleased he is going down this route, “He is going to be earning and learning hands-on, and he won’t have the University debt.”

Eastleigh College is one of the largest providers of Apprenticeships in the region with 9,000 Apprentices currently in learning, and is keen to help the local community better understand how Apprenticeships work and the benefits they provide for both individuals and businesses.

Apprenticeships are available in over 1,500 job roles and give young people the opportunity to gain work experience and a wage in addition to a nationally recognised qualification. 89% of Apprenticeship employers say that Apprenticeships have helped their business improve the quality of their product or service1, and 71% of Apprentices stay with the same employer once qualified.

To find out more about Apprenticeships please email or call  023 8091 1299.