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National Apprenticeship Week - a Success

It's the 10th National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March) so employers and apprentices are coming together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade!

Apprenticeship Day a Success

More than 200 school pupils from ten schools across Nottinghamshire found out about the benefits of apprenticeships at Central College Nottingham’s Apprenticeship Fair which was held at its Ruddington Centre on Thursday 9 March.

The event formed part of the ten-year celebrations of National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March). National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Pupils took part in hands-on activities connected with apprenticeships and discovered more about a variety of different sector areas such as courses in Automotive, Business Administration, Childcare, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Hair and Beauty, Science and Sport.

Activities included science experiments, a construction challenge, virtual welder experience and a mini auto-show including a drag-car and electric car. Current Central apprentices gave presentations to give a real life insight into life as an apprentice and key local employers joined the event to chat to pupils about opportunities in their companies including Boots UK, British Gypsum, Kia, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University.

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We run this event every year to help celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. It's important for young people to be armed with enough information about the range of qualifications on offer and apprenticeships are a real growth area that we need to showcase. It was great that so many local employers were able to join us to make the event a real success.

Jane Nutt Senior School and Events Officer, Central College Nottingham

Don't just take our word for it - Read what a current apprentice thinks

Katie Osborne is challenging stereotypes in the mostly male-dominated automotive industry, by completing a Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship at Central’s Emtec Centre in Ruddington. Katie works at Hutchings Hyundai Pontypridd in Wales, but travels around 160 miles every two months for a week’s block release at Emtec, part of Central College Nottingham, in Ruddington. 

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Katie in the Emtec automotive workshops at Ruddington

It’s really good because I’m getting paid while I’m learning and I learn an awful lot at college too.

Katie Osborne Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprentice

Katie said: “I started the apprenticeship back in September, and it’s really good because I’m getting paid while I’m learning and I learn an awful lot at college too.

“I’ll get a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, which is good because I’ll have something for life then and I can build on it and go onto higher courses.

“I was a bit apprehensive when I first started, but actually the others look after you and treat you as an equal. People are sometimes surprised that I’m a girl doing this job, but if you want a job where you’re learning all the time, go for it. You’re not stereotyped like people might think you are.

“My plan is to complete my apprenticeship and then build up my qualifications. I’d like to get up to Master Technician level eventually.

“I’d recommend an apprenticeship at Central – even if you are choosing a different subject than you’re used to. I knew nothing about cars when I first started but the staff take you from the basics and build up your knowledge as you go along. It’s definitely worth it!”

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Katie at college