Trafford College is looking forward to welcoming aspiring apprentices to its Altrincham campus on Tuesday 6 March for an inspirational event to mark the 11th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week.
Following the success of last year’s event, which saw the college welcome in excess of 300 visitors, the college’s dedicated apprenticeship team, Trafford First, along with some of the borough’s top employers and apprentices, will once again be on hand to give a unique insight into the ever popular programme.
With research showing that apprenticeships are now becoming more popular among parents and young people, many still don’t realise that the majority of careers, from the digital industry and web development to nursing, can be accessed through a modern apprenticeship.
Trafford College has been working closely with its students, and parents of current and prospective students, to help them understand apprenticeships better and to ensure they have the full picture about all their options. For young learners leaving school, many would significantly benefit from choosing a more vocational, practical path over university, and could ultimately access just as many careers in the long term.
Visitors at next week’s event will be given the opportunity to hear first-hand from apprentices and employers such as Melia and Balfour Beatty, about their experiences and successes. They will also be able to register for early notification of future apprenticeship vacancies as they arise.
One of the college’s apprentices looking forward to sharing his success story with visitors at the event, is multi award-winner, Tom Linaker (pictured below).
Tom, 28, chose an apprenticeship route at a later stage in his educational journey due to a realisation of his passion for knowledge within mathematics and electronics. He is currently undertaking an apprenticeship programme with Siemens Rail and is being trained as a maintenance technician at the Ardwick Traincare Facility. Now in his third year, Tom’s responsibilities are based around completing his BTEC HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at college and his responsibilities in the workplace as part of the technical team. Next year he begins a HND in the same subject, and upon completion of his apprenticeship programme, he plans to complete his string of qualifications with a degree.
Tom, alongside his fellow apprentice, Charlotte Stoddard, will be on hand to answer questions throughout the evening. Representatives from a wide range of curriculum areas will also be available to offer advice and guidance.