Build your future during National Apprenticeship Week

Ruth Peterson | February 9, 2021

A dental nurse with a passion for the health and wellbeing of others has described her apprenticeship as: “One of the best decisions I ever made.”

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8-12 February 2021), Donna Gallagher said her work and placement mean she can learn new skills and do a job she loves.

Donna Gallagher

Donna decided to return to education to train to be a dental nurse in 2018. She said: “At 40 years old this was a daunting prospect but one of the best decisions I have ever made. The most rewarding thing about my apprenticeship is having not only the practice experience of learning, but knowing that academically I’m still able to sit and pass exams.”

A celebration of apprentices

This week, Bradford College has a calendar of activities to celebrate apprentices and employers who offer these opportunities. The events will also spread the word of the benefits that they can bring and include:

  • Monday 8 February – Virtual Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair.
  • Wednesday 10 February – Employer Forum with guest speaker, Bradford South MP Judith Cummins.
  • Weekly takeover of Bradford City Football Club’s social media channels.

Apprenticeships can be studied at various levels. They can be an exciting route to higher education as well as leading to a great career. As well as academic achievement, apprentices can gain the skills that are genuinely valued by employers.

At the heart of the community

As a college at the heart of the community, Bradford College has excellent links to the region’s employers. This helps learners develop the skills they need to succeed within the workforce and build the city’s successful future.

Zsanett: “Go for it”

Zsanett Kowal is another success story. She currently works at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Medical Secretary, having been working for the NHS for over 20 years. She is taking a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship as it is relevant to her current job role. It will benefit her organisation by enabling her to contribute to the improvement of their service. This is good for patient care and service development.

Zsanett is part of Bradford Project Search Team as a Mentor. In this role she helps young people with learning disabilities gain the skills to secure jobs in different work placements. She is also working extra shifts as a volunteer to support the hospital during the pandemic.

If you are thinking of doing an apprenticeship, her advice is: “Go for it. Enjoy every moment and make sure you have plenty of time set for your course work.

She adds: “I am very happy in my current job role but I feel that learning new skills, gaining new qualifications will open the door for many job opportunities in the future.”

Virtual Employer Forum with Judith Cummins MP

On Wednesday 10 February Bradford College, along with Judith Cummins MP, is hosting a virtual Employer Forum. The event will share updates to funding, employer incentive payments and the upcoming changes and challenges that employers are facing. The college will also show how Bradford College has adapted to online learning to ensure students’ learning is not disadvantaged due to COVID 19.

Bradford College prides itself on meeting the needs of local employers. At the same time, it forging meaningful partnerships with the city’s largest organisations including Bradford City Football Club. If you’re an employer who would like to hear more, and share your views on how the college’s work can be shaped to meet the needs of business and the community, you can register for this event for free: Employer Forum Tickets, Wed 10 Feb 2021 at 09:00 | Eventbrite

Come and speak to us

Bradford College has 30 years’ experience of delivering apprenticeships and working closely with employers within Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region. Find out more about Apprenticeships at Bradford College at

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