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National Apprenticeship Week 2020 celebrated by Richmond upon Thames College

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 celebrated by Richmond upon Thames College

This year’s theme, ‘Look Beyond’, celebrated the diversity in apprenticeships today. Bringing the whole apprenticeship community together, the Week celebrated the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy. RuTC is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which wants to see funding set aside to promote access to and raise the quality of apprenticeships and improve the diversity of apprentices.

RuTC’s Apprenticeship team visited students of different curriculum areas of the college, including, business, construction, childcare, engineering and media. The team highlighted the progression routes that students can take after finishing their studies, such as starting at Business Administration, Digital Marketing or Plumbing apprenticeships.

In addition, Anna Dobbin, Employer Engagement & Apprenticeship Levy Advisor at RuTC, was involved in several employer events during the week. These included networking with major employers at the London Progression Collaboration Launch, this initiative boosts apprenticeship opportunities for low-paid Londoners and progression from low to mid skilled levels. A visit to the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Forum with Lee Roberts, RuTC Head of School for Computing and Science, as part of the colleges close collaboration with ECITB in the delivery of Engineering and Construction apprenticeships. Also, RuTC’s apprenticeship team gave advice to visitors at the Job Centre in Twickenham, highlighting how apprenticeships help people back into employment.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC), said: “Apprenticeships are an important way for people to enter the labour market and develop a career. The average college trains more than 1,000 apprentices and AoC will continue to work with Government to ensure that the apprenticeship system works as well as it can with a proper strategy for the levy so we can deliver the skills the country needs.”

RuTC’s new college building, due for completion in spring this year, will offer the opportunity to strengthen relationships with local businesses, which will benefit apprentices and work experience students. The Chamber of Commerce will be based in the new building and the college works closely together with Haymarket Media Group and Harlequins.

The new building can be visited at the college’s Open Events on 10, 21 and 25 March. Full details can be found on RuTC’s Website?

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