Apprenticeship success stories shared with MP

Leicester College has hosted the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP as part of her visit to Leicester. After hearing all about the

college and its current programme of activities, the Minister requested to visit the college. Here she enjoyed a tour of the construction and catering facilities at the Freemen’s Park Campus and had the opportunity to speak to apprentices, students and staff. She said: “I had a brilliant time at

Leicester College meeting apprentices training in lots of different subjects such as bricklaying, plastering and hospitality. They were really excited about the courses they’re taking, and the passion of the college staff was also clear to see. “Further education can bring

amazing opportunities, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to hear directly from those working in the sector about their experiences.” Last year, 786 new apprentices

Anne Milton MP with a Leicester College apprentice

Lottery funding boosts skills project

Nearly £900,000 funding from Big Lottery's Life Chances Fund has been secured to change the lives of young people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The money will bolster a project

set up by a local partnership between Futures, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to provide targeted employment and skills support to young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). The Future U project will support

more than 500 young people over five years to achieve qualifications, complete training and enter employment. The three partners have added their own local resources to create a project that will invest more than £2m in the scheme. John Yarham, Chief Executive of

Futures, said: “This funding enables us to target our resources and provide support to those in the most need. Our advisers will provide support to young people with specific requirements, to help guide them through their career path.”

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began their training through the college. The dedicated apprenticeship team also continue their work with local employers to provide advice about the

Apprenticeship Levy as well as providing additional training for existing staff. The Minister especially wanted to

hear from the apprentices and the work being carried out by Leicester College around the Apprenticeship Levy as well as the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provisions that teach English with additional skills alongside. Verity Hancock, Principal and

CEO of Leicester College, said: “We were delighted to have a visit from Anne Milton. It was great to showcase the work of our staff and apprentices. As a college we are dedicated to providing valuable skills that aid the local economy and help to plug skills gaps. We pride ourselves on having industry-standard equipment and training that enables the students to be workplace ready. “It was an important opportunity

to highlight the great opportunities that our students and apprentices have at Leicester College but more importantly to highlight the key areas that FE colleges require Government support moving forward.”

Students given the tools to get ahead at careers event

Schools and colleges in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire learned how to ‘get ahead of the game’ and improve career opportunities for young people at a recent careers strategy event. The How to get ahead of the game: The Careers

Strategy and the D2N2 Approach event brought together 80 senior education figures including headteachers, careers leaders and enterprise advisers to learn how to improve the career opportunities of young people in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The event, hosted by the D2N2 LEP skills team,

focused on national standards which show how effective careers guidance is in schools and examples of how national benchmarks – known as the Gatsby benchmarks - are already being put into practice across the D2N2 area. Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local

Enterprise Partnership, said: “Careers guidance is vital to young people in our area. I am glad that the work already done by some schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire was brought into the spotlight. I hope that these great examples will be the first of many.

The event was attended by a myriad of stakeholders “With sound advice, informed by and linked to the

needs of our area's businesses, we can provide the correct level of guidance to get the workforce of the next generation into long-term, sustainable employment.”

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