Our apprentice Nathan HollandIn support of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, St Helens College is celebrating the outstanding successes of its current apprentices, promoting apprenticeship opportunities to young people and showcasing how ‘Apprenticeships Work’ for employers.

A whole host of exciting and informative activities will take place throughout the week, from 5th March to 9th March, from St Helens College’s school liaison team providing apprenticeship information sessions to young people at several schools across the borough to a ‘Smart Meter Interview Marathon’, hosted on a Class A Tall Ship berthed in the Albert Dock in Liverpool, promoting live vacancies.

St Helens College currently offers apprenticeships in over 20 different sectors, ranging from engineering, life sciences and health to business, logistics and computing, and has over 700 apprentices with high profile employers; including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pilkington Family Trust and Bagnalls Painting and Decorating.

In addition to planned activities, Civil Service Apprentice, Nathan Holland, Dental Nurse Apprentice, Faye Boland, Painter and Decorator Apprentice, Adam Knowles and IT Apprentice, Matthew Burton, will feature across the College’s social media platforms, to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and choose an apprenticeship.

Apprentice and Connecting Classroom to Career ambassador, Nathan Holland, joined the level 3 IT, Software and Telecoms Apprenticeship at St Helens College and secured a place as a Software Test Engineer with ICC Solutions Ltd. He has since progressed on to a level 4 Civil Service Apprenticeship with the Department for Work and Pensions. Nathan said, “An apprenticeship is a great way to progress in your career and get paid at the same time. It’s great for those who aren’t necessarily suited to a classroom environment, like me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in my apprenticeship, I learnt a lot and had the opportunity to gain impressive work experience and rub shoulders with high profile clients.”

Throughout the week, St Helens College will also be sharing a series of insightful employer blogs, case studies and positive stories as a great example of how ‘Apprenticeships Work’ for employers.

Anne Pryer, Principal of St Helens College, said, “With St Helens College’s strong employer links, we are proud to provide an extensive range of apprenticeship opportunities to young people, enabling them to achieve their career aspirations.”

She added, “National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship and to celebrate the achievements of those that have progressed in their career due to taking this route.”

St Helens College offer apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors. For more information, please visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/NAW2018