Kirklees College helps build the future with apprenticeships


Laura Ogden

As we approach National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 14 February), Kirklees College is showcasing its wide range of apprenticeships available and how becoming an apprentice can create exciting career opportunities.

Kirklees College offers the widest range of apprenticeships in West Yorkshire and trains approximately 1,000 apprentices over 30 occupational areas who are employed at over 1000 companies in West Yorkshire.

The theme for this year is ‘Build the Future’ and the week aims to encourage providers and employers alike to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, said:

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn while you earn, opening up new and exciting career paths that can transform lives. It’s been a tough year for everyone, but we want the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 to be a springboard to look ahead to how apprenticeships can futureproof workforces and boost careers. I encourage everyone to get involved and help make it a success.”

As part of the week, Kirklees College will be sharing its apprentices’ stories to inspire those considering the apprenticeship route.

Laura Ogden completed her Digital Marketing apprenticeship at Kirklees College. She had just returned to work after having a child when she decided to pursue a new career in digital marketing.

When asked about why an apprenticeship was the best route for her, Laura said:

“An apprenticeship allowed me to have hands-on learning in a subject I was passionate about and gave me the support I needed to manage my studies around my family life.

My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship would be to go for it! It’s never too late to learn new skills or explore your interests further. I’ve now moved on to study digital marketing at degree level.”

Nhicol Turner is currently studying the Level 3 Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship at Kirklees College. When asked what he enjoys most about his apprenticeship, he said:

“I enjoy the hands-on experience and practical work but I’ve also made lifelong friends at college. The facilities are great to help familiarise yourself with the professional working environment and learn new skills.

I would recommend Kirklees College as it’s a really warm learning environment with lots of friendly faces. The tutors are fantastic and support you to get the best out of your studies.”

For more information and to download the new Kirklees College apprenticeships guide, please visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships/.

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