Weston College recently hosted a successful event in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that explored the businesses benefits of employing apprentices.
The ‘Rethinking Apprenticeships Expo’ was held at the newly-refurbished Winter Gardens with over one hundred delegates attending. Workshops were delivered by Weston College staff on the day to explore the topics of recruitment, training options and funding available for apprenticeships.
There was also an employer panel with several local businesses including Castelan Ltd and representatives from the FSB taking part.
Dave Crew, Director of Business Growth at Weston College comments: “We have seen significant interest in apprenticeships from employers this year at Weston College but there is still some myth busting required, especially following the apprenticeship reforms in 2017.
“We find businesses are very enthusiastic about having an apprentice but perhaps do not know how to engage and take the next step. At Weston College, we invest the time to support businesses and understand their objectives. This could be recruiting new employees of providing bespoke upskilling programmes.
“The successful Rethinking Apprenticeships Expo in partnership with the FSB was a fantastic opportunity for employers to understand the apprenticeship reforms, hear from employers that have engaged with apprenticeships and meet some of our apprentices.”
Weston College has an impressive retention rate for its apprenticeship programme with 99% of apprentices in permanent employment or further study within 6 months of achieving their apprenticeship and a learner satisfaction rate of 95%.
On what the future holds for apprenticeships, Dave concludes: “This year we have launched new Degree Apprenticeships in Digital Technology and Engineering as we are finding more and more A-level students are choosing to do a degree via an apprenticeship. This way they get that work experience from day one and learn on the job, as well as doing their academic studies.
“Weston College have expanded our facilities with the Law & Professional Services Academy and University Centre, based at the Winter Gardens. We have expanded our team and we have expanded our curriculum to meet the demands from industry and students.”