Trafford College has joined forces with Manchester United to celebrate the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 14-18 March 2016 with the theme ‘Rise to the top’.
Hundreds of events are expected to take place across the UK, and once again this year the College is pledging its continued support to create new apprenticeship opportunities in the borough.
National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Every year the week increases in popularity and for 2016, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activities that will help organisations learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships, and more individuals to consider how apprenticeships can help them on their way to a first class career.
As one of the borough’s leaders in apprenticeship delivery, the College is proud to be working alongside some of the most significant employers in Greater Manchester and beyond. Despite facing strong competition from some of the region’s top training providers to work alongside one of the biggest names in world football, the College was also selected to deliver a number of exciting new apprenticeship vacancies at the Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United – Old Trafford.
Manchester United has been working closely with Trafford First, the College’s dedicated Recruitment Service, to recruit apprentices and to develop their current staff with training programmes. Since the start of the new partnership, apprenticeships opportunities have been created in Business Administration, Facilities Services, Human Resources, ICT, Customer Service and Hospitality.
Amanda Hall, Human Resources Business Partner with Manchester United comments, “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for ambitious young people to gain the practical and relevant experience they need to show future employers they can hit the ground running and gain that edge in a competitive job market. We have a mix of apprenticeships across the Club at various levels (intermediate, advanced, higher) which allows individual apprentices to choose which qualification best suits their interest, academic capacity and future ambition, while also helping the Club fill the skills gap at the right level. Partnering with Trafford College allows us to source candidates from our local area, and we always have the initiative to help people from our community wherever we can.
“Our experience with Trafford College has been very positive and the team are all clearly passionate about what they do. We wouldn’t have been able to fill the vacancies as efficiently without the help of the staff at the College. The team worked hard to source and screen the applicants for us and were present during the assessment days, giving lively presentations about the College and speaking passionately about the benefits of an apprenticeship.
“Manchester United has a strong track record of giving young players a chance on the pitch and this scheme means we can carry that through into the business side. We have some brilliant apprentices who are hopefully going to make a big impact at the club this season.”
One aspiring chef reaping the benefits of an apprenticeship programme with Trafford College and Manchester United is 22 year-old Veronica Rose Macahilas from Salford.
Veronica, who began her apprenticeship in Professional Cookery two years ago, has been described as Manchester United’s resident star and hasn’t looked back since enrolling on her programme. She comments, “Trafford College has helped me in a lot of ways; without the College I wouldn’t be where I am today. My tutor Lola is lovely she is like a mum to me and looks out for all the apprentices, making sure they are being looked after. I have never had this kind of support at any other College.
“Working as an apprentice at Manchester United is fantastic, the chefs are very supportive and I am really enjoying my time. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn; not only do you pick up the practical experience but you get to learn how other people work which is something that you don’t learn in the classroom.”
Head Chef with Manchester United, Rob Telfer, added, “Apprentices really are the future of the industry; we find that they manage to fill skills gaps within the business because they are adaptable to the working environment.
“The apprentices that we have taken from Trafford College have been excellent, but a lot of it comes down to the students’ own desire to succeed, which is crucial in this industry. We hope to continue to recruit apprentices from the College in the future.”
For further information about apprenticeship vacancies from our dedicated ‘Trafford First Recruitment Service’, please call 0161 886 7461 or email Trafford.firstname.lastname@example.org