MK is eager to sign up for Apprenticeships this September

Fri 13 Mar 2015

MK College’s myth-busting ‘Apprenticeship Zone’ drew in an eager crowd wanting to learn about what apprenticeships are really like at an open event held for National Apprenticeship Week.

Over one hundred GCSE and A Level students from schools in Milton Keynes yesterday visited the employer zone created by the College to help inform young people about the benefits of studying an Apprenticeship over A Levels or BTEC qualifications.

Parliamentary candidate for South Milton Keynes, Andrew Pakes, was delighted with the emphasis MK College are placing behind Apprenticeships as an alternative training route in making sure the next generation of learners are sufficiently equipped for the workplace.

Andrew Pakes commented, "Giving young people the opportunity to learn a trade and work for a high-quality apprenticeship is really important. It was great to see the sense of partnership between businesses, potential apprentices and MK College. This is a really important opportunity to boost skills and support growth in MK"

The Apprenticeship Zone was made up of eighteen influential local and national employers looking to find their next apprentice, including local giants, NiftyLift who are looking to take on ten apprentices this year.

Jess Bowden, Marketing Executive at NiftyLift explained, “We’re overwhelmed by the level of positive and proactive students interested in Apprenticeship. It’s so great to see such a high level of talent within Milton Keynes that we can bring into the business.”

At the mid-way point of National Apprenticeship Week, MK College have shown they couldn’t be more behind the Government’s push to showcase the importance and value of Apprenticeships not just on the individual, but the economy too.

Showing prospective learners what they love about their Apprenticeships are an array of case studies from existing apprentices featuring the hashtag #GetInGoFar which have set the College’s social media channels alight this week, and to celebrate the work of apprentices in its own organisation, Deputy Principal of MK College, Nick Isles, has also had a day learning what Elite Basketball Coach apprentice, Melissa Lancaster’s job is like in a filmed Job Swap which will be available to watch on YouTube in the coming days.

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