Four of The College Merthyr Tydfil apprentice students have been awarded ‘Apprenticeship of The Year’ as part of the college’s National Apprenticeship Week activities.
The activities included a number of college events to help members of the public, students and employers become more acquainted with the college’s apprenticeship programmes, highlight employer and apprentice experiences, outline details of the financial incentives available to support employers, and provide an overview of the services that the college’s work based learning department can provide. The week culminated with an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the college’s work based learners with nominations for Apprenticeship of the year.
Hairdressing apprenticeship winners Beth Williams, Nikita Bailey, Toni Jackson and EE apprentice Andrew Gill were all commended for their fantastic achievements through the course of the last year.
Cheryl Bunt, Manager at A Cut Above Salon commented “Nikita Bailey is a credit to The College Merthyr Tydfil Work Based Learning, and an asset to my business”.
Apprentice Toni Jackson has also been successful in achieving a full time position at her placement salon, River Hair Salon.
Manager of River Hair Salon, Susanne David said “Clients are requesting Toni to style their hair. She has a fabulous personality; clients and staff warm to her, Toni will continue at the salon to complete her level 3 hairdressing. We have already offered Toni a full time position on completion of her course”
EE apprentice Andrew Gill started in August 2013. He is currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 as a Contact Centre Operative at EE. Andrew said “The EE apprenticeship programme has enabled me to gain access to real life work experience whilst gaining industry skills and qualifications. I am really enjoying my time at EE and the College Merthyr Tydfil”
For the first time, the college also presented a number of awards to recognise the good practice displayed by its partner employers. Winner of the Employer of the Year Award was EE.
EE Customer service Operations Manager, Claire Litton Price commented “EE has a fantastic partnership with the College Merthyr Tydfil which involves the provision of over 15 apprenticeship schemes each year. These apprenticeships help to ensure our workforce has the practical skills as well as the qualifications to meet the needs of our growing business. I’m really excited about what the college can do to help EE as we expand our operations in the Merthyr Tydfil area”
The College Merthyr Tydfil offers a wide range of apprenticeship schemes for learners to engage in, providing them with the opportunity to gain practical skills in specific occupational areas. For information on apprenticeship opportunities, please visit our Website: http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/work-based-learning or contact Jaqui Sullivan, The College Merthyr Tydfil on 01685 726134.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
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