It’s National Apprenticeship Week.
The theme of the week for 2021 is ‘Build the Future’, with a focus on how employers train, retain and achieve with apprenticeships, and how they help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
Why an Apprenticeship?
If you feel that you don’t want to attend College full-time but would prefer to get a job, earn a decent wage and gain qualifications whilst at work, then Myerscough College has a wide range of Apprenticeship options available to you. Myerscough College is committed to supporting the development and roll out of Apprenticeship opportunities across the full spectrum of public and private sector employers. As a national provider of work-based training within the land-based sector we offer a choice of Apprenticeships which embrace a wide range of occupational roles and sectors. We regularly liaise with industry and our programmes are designed to develop a skilled workforce capable of meeting the challenges currently being faced by the sector.
Here's a selection of learners who have studied an apprenticeship with us talking about their experiences:
Who pays for the training?
Apprenticeship funding may be available through the Skills Funding Agency to support the delivery of training, and can be accessed to support the development needs of new or existing employees. The Government funds Apprenticeship training in full for 16-18-year-olds. For those aged over 19 training may be part funded, with employers expected to make a contribution.
Innovation and Delivery
Myerscough College embraces a blended learning delivery model consisting of training and assessment in the workplace, ‘off the job’ technical workshops, online learning supported by electronic portfolio assessment and interactive learning resources.
It is an innovative model that continually evolves to meet learner and employer requirements. The embracing of technology and innovation has increased the efficiency of delivery whilst enhancing the effectiveness of experience and outcome for learners.
Myerscough College is constantly at the forefront of the use of technology across our range of Apprenticeships provision. Our e-portfolio system gives the learner, employer and assessor real time access to training resources and performance indicators, as well as a dedicated online learning channel which includes videos, interactive learning packages, workbooks, referencing and background information and additional resources identified as appropriate during the initial Apprenticeship assessment.
Our e-portfolio is cloud based and can be accessed from a range of devices including PC/laptop, Tablets, and Android and Apple smartphones. There are also a range of Apps to support learners in gathering evidence and to enhance and simplify the learning experience. Tutors also use other software to improve communication channels and enhance the learning experience.
Industry experienced tutors
Myerscough College’s established national work-based training model is co-ordinated through a network of regionally based work-based tutors with extensive industry experience in their specialist sectors. This gives the employer piece of mind that training and learning is being delivered by an expert who understands needs, pressures and unique requirements of the sector.
How To Apply
If you're ready to apply for an Apprenticeship then we'd love to hear from you! There are three different options for you, depending on your current employment status, whether you've seen a vacancy you want to apply for, or if you need help finding an employer but know you want to study with us.
If you want to apply but haven't yet found an employer, you can see all the employers we are working with who have vacancies over on our Apprenticeship vacancies page - you can even apply for the vacancy online.
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers look for. If you have been unsuccessful applying for Apprenticeships due to lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a traineeship.
A Traineeship is a flexible education and training programme with work experience.
Myerscough College offers a Traineeship Programme to develop the necessary skills for moving into an Apprenticeship or other education, employment or training opportunity across our range of specialist sectors. Our Traineeships last anything from six weeks to six months maximum with the content tailored to your individual needs. You could be suitable for a Traineeship if you are aged 16-24 years, unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week), have little work experience and are qualified below Level 3.
by Dave Salmon