Rise to the top with an Apprenticeship at Warrington Collegiate

Warrington Collegiate is shining the spotlight on Apprentices this week as part of a national campaign aimed at getting more individuals and businesses signed up.

The College is all set for National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from Monday 14th March.

The event takes place throughout the country and celebrates the benefits that apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses and the local economy.

Warrington Collegiate are proud providers of a huge variety of apprenticeships and works closely with businesses both locally and nationally.

An Apprenticeship is a career, not just a job, as many of our apprentices quickly discover for themselves and with 90% of apprentices staying in employment, plus the added bonus of earning while you learn, there has been no better time to start your journey.

Apprenticeships have come a long way in recent years, with those completing higher apprenticeship earning an estimated £150,000 more over their lifetime.

Apprenticeships open the door to a world of opportunities and can help you to rise to the top of your career game. In fact, an Apprenticeship can take you anywhere!

This week, we’ll be highlighting the dedication and passion of our Apprentices and helping you to understand more about what an Apprenticeship can do for you.

What do you know about Apprenticeships?

  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 23% of former apprentices are promoted within 12 months of finishing
  • The Government has invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year
  • Those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime
  • More than 1,300 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards
  • Some of the country’s top employers are offering work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships to help give young people the best start in their career
  • – Nearly a fifth (19%) of advanced apprentices progress to higher education over time following their apprenticeship, either at a college or university

But don’t just take our word for it, see what our apprentices and their employers have to say about their experiences.

Each day this week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on an apprentice who is excelling in their current placement.

Today, the spotlight is on Hannah Pennington……

Hannah was named Warrington Collegiate’s ‘Apprentice of the Month’ in January after showing real dedication and passion towards her Apprenticeship at Warrington hairdressers Colin William.

The 17-year-old from Westbrook started her apprenticeship in June and is excelling on the programme, showing competency throughout her assessments for her NVQ.

Hannah is unfazed by clients and is offering a range of services in the salon and has been described as a “credit to the salon” who should be proud of herself.

Nominating her for Apprentice of the Month, her boss Colin Barnes said: “Hannah is an asset to the company, she is a good communicator and listener. She is developing good skills and working well on clients.”

Hannah was originally full time at College but decided an Apprenticeship was the right path for her. She will soon progress on to Level 3.

She said: “Doing an Apprenticeship is the best thing I could have done – it’s been really good and I’ve learned so much.”

Colin, who has run the salon for 15 years, said: “This is the first time I have done the apprenticeship scheme. It has been really good. I would definitely have apprenticeships again in the future. I made the decision to use apprentices because I needed more staff. It was better for me to train them how I wanted them to be and start from scratch.

“Using Apprentices gives you the chance to shape people the way you want them so they fit in with your business from the start. The clients absolutely love Hannah. She has learned everything. She’s cutting, colouring, foiling. There’s nothing she can’t do.”

Tomorrow we’ll be shining the spotlight on Business Administration Apprentices Tilly Dobbin and Jaime Lee Wright.