National Apprenticeship Week: There has never been a better time to be an apprentice with Salford City College

5 March 2018 

National Apprenticeship Week and Salford City College

Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship and Business Development, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is huge for Salford City College. It is the week we celebrate what apprenticeships can offer both individuals and business alike. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week is apprenticeships work – and we believe they do.” 

At Salford City College, 80% of apprentices succeed in completing their apprenticeship and go on to further employment, which is an incredible 13% above the national average.

The college boasts having over 1,100 apprentices on programme, the majority of whom are employed in one of the key growth sectors in Greater Manchester: health and social care, professional and financial services, construction or education. And they aren’t stopping there, the college have implemented an ambitious growth plan to raise this number, with a view of having 2,000 apprentices on programme by 2021.

Allan continued: “For the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team, we have an incredibly busy week. Meeting as many people as possible from across Greater Manchester who wish to be an apprentice. On Friday 9 March we are opening our doors to anyone considering an apprenticeship and inviting them to meet with employers from across the city. The team need to find the best talent to ensure the companies we provide a free apprenticeship recruitment service to get the best employees, and we are extremely proud of the work we do for 400 of the best local and national companies we have already partnered with.”

Apprenticeships are more popular than ever before, offering a way to develop the skills of an individual that are specifically desired by the employer, and gain them a qualification at no cost to themselves.

In the last academic year, just under half a million people started an apprenticeship in the UK, whilst supported by an employer. This is more than double the amount of people who embarked on an apprenticeship in the 2007/8 academic year – showing just how prevalent they are becoming.

They help people prepare for a long and successful career, while enabling businesses to develop the talent they need to thrive.

In the spirit of National Apprenticeship Week, the college have launched the second edition of their apprenticeship magazine, Achieve, to coincide with the campaign. Sharing details of some of the best talent and partnerships they have, as well as the unique work they do.

(Click here to check out the latest edition of Achieve.) 

On Thursday 8 March they will be hosting their Annual Apprenticeship Awards, where they will be celebrating outstanding apprentice talent and the very best employer partnerships. Guests will be joined by Salford City Mayor, Councillor Paul Dennett, on the night. He will be addressing the vast opportunities available for individuals across Salford, and beyond, through apprenticeships.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or employing one, Apprenticeships at Salford City College can help, call: 0161 631 5555.

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