Dearne Valley College to Host 'National Apprenticeship Week' Celebrations

Date: 07/03/2013


he country-wide, annual campaign, ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ is fast approaching and Dearne Valley College plans to contribute to the celebrations, with an exciting programme of events.

The week will include a myth-busting ‘speed dating event’, and a glitzy awards ceremony presented by key staff at the College, and local MP, John Healey. The College will also be displaying Apprenticeship case studies throughout their Manvers campus showcasing the successes and achievements made by former Dearne Valley College Apprentices.

Taking place throughout the day on Tuesday 12th March, the Colleges ‘Apprenticeship Speed-dating’ event, which follows the format of its namesake, aims to provide a wealth of information and dispel common errors in knowledge regarding Apprenticeships. These include practical issues such as national minimum apprenticeship wage and progression routes following an Apprenticeship, to the everyday details such as weekly work load and expected College hours. Employers from a range of businesses, who currently employ Apprentices from Dearne Valley College, are kindly donating their time to participate in the sessions, which will see groups of students working their way around to each employer’s station to a timer. Representatives from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Ramada Hotel in Doncaster and local day care centre, ‘Little Einsteins’ will be on hand to deliver the sessions, among many others.

The Apprenticeship Awards ceremony will be taking place on the evening of Thursday 14th March, in celebration of the achievements made by the College’s Apprentices, and the employers they work with. Canapés and refreshments will be available prior to the ceremony, before the presentation of a variety of exciting awards commences. The ceremony will commence with a welcome speech, and the College will be awarding a top Apprentice from a range of sectors, as well as the ‘Employer of the Year’ and the prestigious, overall ‘Apprentice of the Year – Winner of Winners’ award. John Healey MP will deliver a speech, having worked with Dearne Valley College throughout his own Apprenticeship recruitment process, and the politician will also be handing out the awards on the evening.

Kaye Jackson, who is the Business Development Manager for the College and oversees the College’s Apprenticeship provision said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate our hardworking Apprentices, and the employers that support them to achieve their career goals by allowing them to be part of their businesses”.

“It is also an ideal time to promote progression to an Apprenticeship, for our mainstream learners, highlighting the ethos and advantage of both working and learning – What could be better. To achieve this, we like to involve local employers with events such as these, to share their experiences of what an Apprenticeship can do for both an individual’s career and also for the business they work in ”.

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