GC named Training Provider of the Year for Apprenticeships
We're thrilled to announce that Gloucestershire College took the title of Training Provider of the Year once again in this year's Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.
We've been a driving force for apprenticeships and workforce development in the county for 10 years now, and successfully delivered apprenticeships for over 30 years, with our latest success rates considerably above the national average at 84%.
Our commitment to apprenticeships has been recognised nationally too; we were awarded the 2017 Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards for the Delivery and Promotion of Successful Apprenticeships and visited by the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton MP, during National Apprenticeship Week.
Julie Tegg, Director of Employer Training, said: "We're so proud to win the Training Provider of the Year Award and it is testament to how hard our Business Hub and Apprenticeships teams work to provide solutions for county businesses and lifelong opportunities for apprentices themselves.
"Year on year our apprenticeship programme continues to grow, both in the number of successful apprentices and number of employer partners, and we have a range of innovative programmes launching over the next year to build on our success."
Two apprentices trained by GC also won awards at the ceremony, which took place at Cheltenham Racecourse and was hosted by The Apprentice winner, Lee McQueen.
23-year-old Lucy Phelps, from Cinderford, scooped the top award of the night and was named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year, alongside taking the Outstanding Engineering Apprentice title.
Lucy has recently completed her three-year mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Ultra Electronics, alongside studying for her BTEC and NVQ qualifications at GC, and is planning to return in September to complete the HNC.
Lucy said: "I achieved my A Levels but decided I didn't want to pursue higher education; however, after two years out of study I realised I still had a passion to learn and wished to establish a career. That's when I applied to the Ultra Electronics apprenticeship scheme.
"In the future, I'd like to continue to grow as a Quality Engineer; experience different aspects of quality in more detail, such as compliance, assurance and improvement, whilst furthering my education and going on to achieve a degree in engineering.”
18-year-old Amy Ruck, from Coleford, won the title of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Financial and Business Services) and is the country’s first ever Destination Management Apprentice, employed by the South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC).
She is responsible for showcasing the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean area; undertaking a shared placement with Pedalabikeaway, Puzzlewood and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Centre.
She is currently completing her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with GC, alongside her role encompassing marketing, product development, event management, social media, data handling and site management.
Amy said: “The apprenticeship route was best for me as I enjoy being active and learning on the job. This year my goal was to go out of my comfort zone in order to make a positive impact on the organisations I represent. I planned my first ever event at a tourism forum for 150 guests at Gloucestershire College, including MP Mark Harper and David Owen of GFirst LEP. I delivered a speech in front of all these people and am so proud of how it went. In the future, I hope to specialise in event management for large-scale events.”
For more information about GC’s award-winning apprenticeships, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call the GC Business Hub on 01452 563400.
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