A new route into work

Young people offered a new route into work with a pre-apprenticeship course

Young people who may have dropped out of education or failed to find work are being given a second chance with a new pre-apprentice course at Stoke-on-Trent College.

16 to 18-year-olds are being urged to sign up now for the short courses which begin in early January.

Demand for Apprenticeships is high and many potential Apprentices struggle in demonstrating to employers that they have the workplace skills and key qualifications to enter straightaway into an Apprenticeship. The idea of the courses is to top up key skills and qualifications to properly prepare learners to take on a full Apprenticeship.

Sarah Robinson, College Principal, said: “The aim of Stoke on Trent College is to give our students the skills and training which will lead to a sustainable job. We are the biggest supplier of apprenticeship training in Staffordshire.. Not only do we train Apprentices but we also have an excellent record in finding Apprenticeships for those suitably qualified and prepared.

“However, there are young and older people in the community who either haven’t got the necessary skills to get an apprenticeship or who may have embarked on an academic course when they left school and have found that unsuitable.

“Our new courses are designed to prepare people for an apprenticeship.  There are a huge range of subjects to choose from and students will also be supported in their efforts to win a place with a company who are looking for apprentices.”

Stoke on Trent College offers a wide range of apprenticeships and has training links with many of the area’s employers.

A hotline has been set up for people hoping to join a course in January – telephone 01782 603634. Alternatively you can text “stoke” plus a message to 88020, or email: help@stokecoll.ac.uk.


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