Susan Goldstein, Director of the Apprenticeship Academy said:
"Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for employers to
recruit and further develop staff with the skills and expertise
needed for their organisation's success."
"For individuals, regardless of their age or background,
apprenticeships offer access to structured industry-standard
learning and qualifications. Successful apprenticeships are
delivered by a robust and cohesive partnership between employer,
apprentice and the College. The Apprenticeship Academy will ensure
that each partner is clear about their responsibilities and
opportunities within this process. Our aim is to support as many
Apprentices as we can in achieving their career and educational
goals and at the same time help employers to meet current and
future skills needs."
Northumberland College is in a unique position to meet skills
needs, offering as it does, more than 40 different Apprenticeships
at Level 2, 3 and 4, one of the largest ranges of apprenticeship
subjects in the region.
The College has invested more than £10m in modern learning
facilities, plus recently received further funding from the North
East Local Enterprise Partnership for a £2.5m science, technology,
engineering and maths (STEM) centre, which will open later this
Susan says: "We are constantly reviewing our offer to make sure
that it meets the needs of apprentices and contributes to the
economic well- being of our region."
National figures show that for every £1 of government investment
in Level 2 or 3
apprenticeships, there is typically a return of £26 to £28 and
that someone with a Higher Apprentice (Level 4) could earn £150,000
more on average over their lifetime.
The Apprenticeship Academy, working in partnership with the
College's Business Training Solutions team provide bespoke
information, advice and support to employers and their
With a history of delivering training over the last 60 years the
College has now recruited it's 1000th Apprentice, April
April, aged 18 from Fenham, Newcastle, is a Bricklaying
Apprentice with Newcastle City Council.
Newcastle City Council Apprenticeship Manager, Paul Maddison
"Building and Commercial Enterprise and indeed Newcastle City
Council as a wider organisation, has supported apprentices for many
years and boasts a successful track record of providing
opportunities for young people to develop skills and secure
"More recently, in partnership with Northumberland College, to
increase employment opportunities for local 16-18 year olds, April
Halligan has been part of a new Apprentice Pathway Programme that
has been developed to provide further placement opportunities for
young people within the City, in particular those Not in Education,
Employment or Training (NEET)."
April said: "The programme has provided an excellent
opportunity, opening new doors to my career. I've improved my
skills and experienced different workplaces including maintenance
and building sites. I'm a lot closer to my goal of becoming a
qualified brick layer and gaining full-time employment thanks to
this experience and the support from Northumberland College."
April's Apprenticeship Assessor, Ged Tait, plays a pivotal role
of working with Construction Apprentices including April, on site
and at College has a primary role in supporting the learners.
He said: "An assessor's job includes supporting Apprentices
while they are at College and in the workplace, by encouraging them
and giving feedback to improve their performance and enhance their
"Every eight weeks I go out to visit my apprentices for
assessment and progress reviews and the learners are able to
contact me any time if there is a problem relating to their NVQ
"April is the first female apprentice bricklayer I have worked
with. She is making good progress with her qualification and I have
received great feedback from her mentors at Newcastle City
Graham Charlton, Northumberland College's Brickwork tutor said:
"April is a model student with a 100% attendance record for her
theory, practical and functional skills lessons, she has a
fantastic attitude towards her programme of study, both in the
classroom and workshop. She has settled in with the group right
from day one."
The College is also supporting employers through a range of
Government changes to Apprenticeships. One key change is the move
towards the use of Apprenticeship Standards.
Standards show what an apprentice will be doing in a particular
job and the skills they need to demonstrate, in order to be
considered competent. Standards were developed by employer groups
Another change, from 6 April 2017, is the government's
Apprenticeship Levy. This will see all employers with an annual
payroll over £3million, contribute to apprenticeship training at a
rate of 0.5%.
The College's Business Training Solutions team is currently
offering a series of free events for employers to guide them
through the Levy and other Apprenticeship changes.
Employers wishing to find out more about apprenticeship training
and the Levy may contact the College's Business Training Solutions
team on 0170 841 268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org