Bradford College is celebrating success after 14 Electrical students were specially selected for Electrical Apprenticeship within the local region.
The students, who started at Bradford College on full-time courses and are all now working towards either Level 2 or Level 3 Electrical qualification, used their own initiative to find possible and sought after apprenticeships. The majority of students came to College with no electrical background nor were particularly strong in Maths and Science; which is a key element of all the Electrical courses. However working with City Training Services, who specialise in apprenticeships, Bradford College Electrical tutors were able to embed the importance in elements such as attendance and punctuality as well as preparing them for the world of work with interview and CV skills alongside their Electrical course modules.
The successful Bradford College students have secured apprenticeships with employers from areas around Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Dewsbury, strengthening the importance on working with local employers. The strong links with local employers will boost the local economy which in line should help towards the regeneration of Bradford and the surrounding areas.
The success of these young apprentices is highly significant in light of the recent reports by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and by the Institute of Public Policy Research. ONS state that the number of 16-24 year olds out of work has risen to 1.2 million; the highest since records began in 1992. Additional to this a recent report by the Institute of Public Policy Research found that nationally, considerably fewer apprenticeships had been given to those aged between 16 – 24.
Bradford College lecturer in Electrical Installation Adam Brough comments, “We are really proud of the achievement of our students in securing their apprenticeships. We’ve been working much closely with City Training Service and in the current economic climate we’ve been very mindful to encourage our students giving them less chance to fail and becoming the best they can be. The success of these students gaining apprenticeships is testament to their hard work and commitment.”