Colchester Institute’s Braintree Campus opens its doors for National Apprenticeship Week

Colchester Institute’s Braintree Campus opens its doors for National Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeships are being put in focus and celebrated at 12th National Apprenticeship Week, which commences on Monday 4th March 2019.

Colchester Institute will be holding a series of events on Thursday 7 March at its Braintree Campus. An invite-only, day event will take place at 8:30am-3pm and the Campus will then be open to the public from 4pm-7pm.  Colchester Institute has been a passionate supporter of the annual occasion and will be delivering Apprenticeship Information Events again this year as part of its ongoing commitment to delivering apprenticeship training.

Throughout the day, Colchester Institute’s Braintree campus is set to welcome an estimated 1,200 Year 10 students from schools around the Braintree District area. The event, organised in partnership with Braintree IAG Cluster Group, Essex Employment and Skills Board and Make Happen, will highlight the benefits of an apprenticeship as an excellent pathway to a desired career.

The event is being held in the College’s STEM Innovation Centre with MP for Braintree, James Cleverly expected to be in attendance. Mr Cleverly is familiar with the College, having previously attended the launch of the centre back in 2017.

A variety of employers, exhibitors, current apprentices and the College’s own apprenticeship team will be on hand to offer a wealth of information aimed at helping students to make an informed decision about their future options.

The campus will then open to the public at 4pm, where anyone is welcome to come and find out more about apprenticeships.

There are often misconceptions that apprentices can only be recent school leavers. In fact there is no upper age limit for undertaking an apprenticeship, with many organisations using apprenticeships as a rigorous training method for existing members for staff, no matter how old they are. 

Amanda Drew, Head of Apprenticeships at Colchester Institute commented: “There are many good reasons why you may wish to start your career on an apprenticeship. As an apprentice you will be paid a wage whilst you are in training. Many apprenticeships now start at a level 3 (A-level equivalent) with opportunities to progress onto degree apprenticeships at no cost to you! That’s right you can become degree level qualified and have no debt. As your knowledge, skills and behaviours develop as an apprentice, you become the ideal person to be offered a contract with your employer once your apprenticeship is successfully achieved. The apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your career whether you are aged 16 or 60. Come and find out more about apprenticeships and explore how the apprenticeship route can successfully lead you into your future career aspirations.”

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: Having the right skills for local jobs is essential for our young people and the economy, and apprenticeships are a fantastic career path to develop these skills in a working environment, all whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification and earning a wage. There are so many great opportunities available locally from a great variety of businesses so I’d encourage anyone interested or considering this as an option to come along.”

Guests are encouraged to book online in advance by visiting www.colchester.ac.uk/events