This week marks National Apprenticeship Week running from the 4th to the 8th of March and the City of Wolverhampton Council has teamed up with its partners to host a series of events.

The week will kick off with an event at the Civic Centre, with us, the council and West Midlands Pension Fund coming together to celebrate the achievements of apprentices who have completed their programmes.

From Tuesday 5th March to Thursday 7th March, between 9am to 4:30pm people of all ages can drop in to the Civic Centre to get information on apprenticeships from the council, University of Wolverhampton, Performance Through People, Learn Play Foundation, City of Wolverhampton College, MBKB and HIT Training, Dudley College, and Walsall College.

On Friday, 8th March, at Wolverhampton Civic Centre, there is an opportunity for those interested in apprenticeships, either for themselves or a friend/family member, to find out first-hand from current apprentices employed in the city.

The apprentices will come from a wide range of roles and will explain why they chose the apprenticeship route, the benefits of it, the progression routes available and how to successfully become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships in the city run from level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to level 7 (Post graduate).

Our award-winning and nationally recognised LEAP programme has helped hundreds of Wolverhampton council tenants and their family members into training and education, supporting them to make their first steps into paid employment.

One of our true success stories is Chen Thompson. Chen, 26, joined us through LEAP in 2015 and began her career working with our electrical team. We enrolled Chen onto a college course and through her own hard work and determination, she achieved her electrical NVQ Level 3 qualification. What’s more, Chen has spoken at public events, including to young people in schools about women working in construction, and even went on to be named Apprentice of the Year in 2016’s CIH Midlands Awards.

Chen said,

I wanted to push myself physically and professionally as I enjoy staying active and having activities that challenge me day to day. Completing an apprenticeship has helped me build my self-confidence immensely. I would most definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone that wants to gain an education and train on the job. As a woman, the apprenticeship provided me with a huge sense of empowerment and I’d encourage my fellow women with a passion for trades to go into an apprenticeship programme and be the best version of yourself. To leave my apprenticeship as a completely qualified electrician is the most rewarding achievement I’ve made in my life so far.”

Councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

National Apprenticeship Week is the ideal time for anyone interested in apprenticeships to find out more and hear from those who have already taken this route.

Apprenticeships are an excellent pathway into employment and we work closely with city partners to develop apprenticeship opportunities across the city.

Advice is on hand from Access to Business, City of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, and Wolverhampton Connexions Service all year round.

The city’s Skills and Employment Action Plan continues to be acted on and developed and the Workbox website provides a one-stop shop for people seeking job and apprenticeship opportunities.”

A social media campaign #FireItUpWolves is also underway to encourage people of all ages to find out more about apprenticeships in the city. It highlights the support available from providers across the city as well as promoting apprenticeships and jobs available.

Click here to find out more about apprenticeships.

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