Norhumberland College, Apprenticeships

Northumberland College exceeds its Apprenticeship targets

Northumberland College exceeds its Apprenticeship targets  
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Northumberland College exceeded its Apprenticeship targets for the 2014-15 academic year and now wishes to highlight that these days apprenticeship training covers a broader range of industry sectors than ever before. Overall targets for both 16-18 and adult apprenticeships surpassed 100%.

The College offers over 40 apprenticeship subject frameworks - one of the largest available and regularly works with employers to deliver bespoke elements to the training. Of course, subjects include construction and engineering, but others include hairdressing, the creative industries, early years, business administration and IT and land-based industries.

The College's countryside Kirkley Hall campus, located in Ponteland, just outside of Newcastle offers dedicated facilities for apprenticeships within the land-based sector including agriculture, arboriculture, environmental conservation and landscape gardening and horticulture. And the college topped its targets in this area by 25%.

Mark Fairbairn, a Northumberland College Level 3 Horticulture Apprentice from Blakelaw is just one example of this success.

Mark took up a position at Newcastle-based landscaping company - The One Company six months ago and has already become an asset to the team. 

The One Company covers all aspects of design, landscaping and grounds maintenance from the smallest domestic garden, to large scale industrial and commercial contracts.

Mark, who completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship with a previous employer, applied for his current role to further develop his skills and said: "Horticulture is what I'm passionate about and this apprenticeship is the perfect stepping stone into my future career. The skills I have developed have given me the confidence to consider starting my own business in the future."

Apprentices at The One Company are given a broad range of experience and work with different teams on a range of different projects to give them a good variation and maximum proficiency.

Mike Evans, Contracts Manager at The One Company, said: "Mark has proved himself and is a valuable member of the team. He has been working on soft landscaping projects such as tree planting, shrub planting and laying turf at our housing development projects across Northumberland, Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside."

Mark works four days per week at The One Company and attends the Kirkley Hall campus one day per week.

Catherine Johnston, Horticulture tutor at Northumberland College, said:"Mark is a high performing student and we get really positive feedback on how he's fitting in within the workplace."

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