#NAW2020: Celebrating our fantastic apprentices

Apprenticeships are being celebrated in a week of special events planned by Bradford College for National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

From 3 – 7 February 2020, Bradford College and its apprenticeship and employee training provider City Training Services (CTS) will be sharing apprenticeship success stories and the benefits of apprenticeship learning with employers.

Kelly McAllister, Head of Apprenticeships and Business Development at Bradford College, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of apprenticeships and is a great opportunity to promote this type of learning with local employers. We are very proud of our apprentices and the success they have had in partnership with the outstanding organisations who have worked with us.”

Among the success stories from CTS are Nicole Butler who works at Precious Dental Care in Leeds. Nicole studied her level 3 dental nurse apprenticeship with CTS and, since qualifying, she has progressed into full-time employment with the Leeds practice as a dental nurse. She said: “My apprenticeship has helped me grow as a person and enabled me to pursue a career I am interested in.”

Bradford College apprentices have been recognised for their achievements, with Matthew Hayes named Apprentice of The Year and Georgianna Baldwin achieving the Trainer’s Choice award at the Bradford Council Apprenticeship of the Year in September 2019.

Over the past week, other fantastic apprentices from Bradford College have been showcasing their skills in other special events. Jordan Greenwood, a Level 3 electrical installation apprentice with City Training Services, has just taken part in the North West regional heat of the SPARKS Electrical Apprentice of the Year.

Bradford College and CTS will be at events during the week, including:

• Monday 3 February: 4pm - 8pm, Leeds Apprenticeship Fair, First Direct Arena, Leeds
• Wednesday 5 February: CTS Takeover at Bradford College - Trinity Green Campus, Bowling Back Lane Campus and The David Hockney Building

Apprenticeships are tailored around the needs of employers so apprentices will gain invaluable experience and develop skills that employers within that industry really want. The College has links with fantastic employers across a range of different industries and trades.

For some employers, an employee with an apprenticeship can be more valuable than one with other qualifications, as it shows they have the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running.

Apprentices mostly learn through ‘on-the-job’ training, working within their chosen trade, getting hands-on training from their employer and providing skills to last a lifetime. As well as work experience, apprentices usually one day ‘off the job’ training in the college.

More information about apprenticeships, and CTS, is available on the Bradford College website. If you're interested, visit https://www.citytraining.org.uk/.