North Lindsey College has joined the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service in this year’s Apprenticeship Challenge. The aim is to encourage as many employers as possible to recruit apprentices in a 100 day period. This ties in really well with the Colleges challenge of 100 Apprentices in 100 Days.
Jill Cooper, Business Development Director took a team along to be videoed at Capital Radio in Leeds. Karis Jepson, business administration apprentice and Joe Plaskitt, engineering apprentice went along to be interviewed about their experiences. Scott Wilson, HR Manager, talked about his journey from his initial job as an apprentice to his current role, which was a great example of how an apprenticeship can offer that first step to a career.
Jo is an apprentice with Sinclair Animal and Household Care Ltd, a manufacturer in Gainsborough. He attended an engineering course at North Lindsey College and after completion saw an opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship. He is really enjoying his role and learning a range of engineering skills at work and at College on a level 3 engineering apprenticeship.
Karis works in Lindsey Print in North Lindsey College and is gaining a range of business admin related experience in this busy environment including supporting the graphic design team with their work and working in the customer service team as well. Apprenticeships are free to individuals and it’s a chance to ‘earn while you learn’ as you will receive a wage from the employer.
Jill said ‘It was a great afternoon and an opportunity for Karis and Joe to see behind the scenes at the radio station. The filming went really well and we look forward to seeing and hearing the final video footage and radio advert’. The Apprenticeship Challenge went live on 31 March when North Lindsey Colleges video is live on the Apprenticeship Challenge website and the radio advert will be used on Capital Radio.
Any employer interested in thinking about an apprenticeship can contact the College hotline on 01724 294664 to find out more. It’s a chance to take on a young person, usually under the age of 24, and have the support of a training provider to ensure they are trained to a relevant standard. Even if an employer cannot offer a full year or more to an apprentice then it is still worth contacting us to discuss it further.
from left to right Karis Jepson, business administration apprentice, Scott Wilson, HR manager, Joe Plaskitt, engineering apprentice and Jill Cooper, business development director