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Apprenticeship Week is a great success

Sunderland College celebrated Apprenticeship Week 2018 in style, bringing employers, partner schools, and students together to demonstrate that apprenticeships really do work!

The 11th National Apprenticeship Week took place from 5 to 9 March 2018, with the theme this year being Apprenticeships Work. It was a great opportunity for the College to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Throughout the week, we delivered three exciting in-school events and engaged with over 200 year 10 and 11 pupils at Kepier Academy, Castle View Enterprise Academy and South Shields School, to provide them with an insight into why choosing an apprenticeship is a great way to get their career started.

Over 80 visitors attended our informative Apprenticeship Works event at Bede Campus, and were able to talk to employers, current apprentices and our expert college staff and careers advisers to find out everything they needed to know about apprenticeships.

The week culminated in an exclusive business event at the College’s City Campus where over 40 business leaders helped us celebrate being awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Engagement with Employers. Guests heard from award-winning business expert and breakfast TV presenter Steph McGovern, and were treated to a two-course lunch prepared and served by student chefs based at the College’s City Bistro.

An apprenticeship allows you to gain national recognised qualifications, real work experience and earn a wage – all at the same time. It’s a great way of gaining vital experience and job specific skills to help you succeed in your career.

Sunderland College have a dedicated apprenticeship team that work with over 500 employers to offer over 40 exciting apprenticeship programmes to help you earn while you learn. Our achievement rates are 11% above the national benchmark and 96% of our apprentices secure employment after completing their programme.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone, no matter what age or level you are at.  If you are interested in taking part in an apprenticeship, or are an employer who would like support delivering your training or recruitment of new talent, contact 0191 511 6000, apprenticeships@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or visit our apprenticeship website.

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