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Employers from across the West Midlands came together on 26 July to learn more about the benefits of Apprenticeships.
OCR teamed up with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Metropolitan College and the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) to welcome nearly 100 people to Understanding Apprenticeships, a free, specialist event held at the College’s Matthew Boulton campus. Expert-led speeches and one-to-one surgeries gave employers the knowledge they need to recruit Apprentices from the huge pool of local talent, access Government funding and make a positive difference to their business.
OCR provides Apprenticeship programmes in key areas such as Business Administration, Customer Service, Health and Social Care, IT, Management and Retail. By working in partnership with key employers such as IBM, the BBC, and Channel 4, OCR develops qualifications that support Apprenticeship schemes and give learners the skills businesses need.
Clara Kenyon, OCR’s Director of Customers, Curriculum and Qualifications, says “We pride ourselves on developing quality, relevant qualifications so employers can be confident that Apprentices will gain the skills and abilities their business needs for a successful future.”
If you were unable to attend the event and would like to receive Apprenticeship information contact Julie.Willetts@apprenticeships.gov.uk at the National Apprenticeship Service.
Coventry business leads the way in recruiting Apprentices
In 2010/2011 nearly 55,000 people in the West Midlands started an Apprenticeship and each week over 700 more workplaces across the UK are offering an Apprenticeship.
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is a locally-based, national employer where one in ten staff is an Apprentice. Nicola Jones, PR and Press Manager explained why LSIS is so positive about the benefits, “Apprentices provide a different perspective to our work practices and many of the young people we employ use technology very intuitively. We see Apprentices as an asset and they develop into valued members of the team. We would definitely recommend Apprenticeships to other employers.”
Employers find out about the benefits of OCR Apprenticeships.
In January 2012 eighteen-year-old Jade Hibbert began an Apprenticeship in the Communications department of LSIS. The two-year long Apprenticeship will give Jade extensive experience in a number of communications disciplines as well as an OCR Level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration.
Jade added, “I like being able to work and learn. I have wanted to do an Apprenticeship since school and liked the idea of going out to work every day. Administration is an area that I have always wanted to work in so it was perfect for me and I get lots of training and support from my colleagues.”
Find out more about OCR Apprenticeships.