The University of Manchester has received an Apprenticeships 4 England bronze award for their Technical Apprenticeship Programme, which is delivered by Trafford College.
The awards, which were held in Tower Bridge, recognise outstanding examples of quality, best practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery, and offer organisations the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, hard work, achievements and success in delivering apprenticeship programmes in England.
Trafford College has successfully delivered apprenticeships for the university in two different disciplines, Engineering and Science, helping the university tackle the skills shortages currently plaguing the industry.
Apprentices completing the programme with the University will progress into employment at the university’s laboratories. The Technical Apprenticeship Programme in Engineering Operations and Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities was created four years ago and helps the University manage future demand for skilled technical staff. The programme equips the apprentice with a set of transferable skills that will afford the opportunity to develop a rewarding career as either a Specialist Laboratory Support Technician or Specialist Engineering Support Technician. In addition, the apprentices are taught essential life skills such as University accounting procedures, interview skills, report writing, people and project management skills.
Speaking of the scheme, Colin Baines, Faculty Technical Resource Manager, said:
“There is an amazing transformation in our apprentices as they progress. Starting as fresh faced inexperienced, shy individuals we see confidence grow gradually as they learn both technical and social skills. The University also benefits enormously from the programme allowing it to effectively ‘grow its own’ and we are honoured to have had the scheme recognised by Apprenticeships 4 England.”
Since the programme began in 2013, the University has recruited 35 apprentices; 22 of those are still in training and seven have secured full time permanent positions within the University.
Steve Jones, Director for STEM at Trafford College added, “We are delighted to have worked with Manchester University in delivering this apprenticeship. The programme is an excellent opportunity for their apprentices, who gain exposure to state of the art equipment and training. Apprentices working in this field gain a skill set which will set them up with a career for life. This award is a tribute to all involved who have worked tirelessly to make the programme a reality.”