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National Apprenticeship Week 2023

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National Apprenticeship Week is an annual, week-long celebration of the exceptional work of employers and apprentices across England. It highlights the difference that apprenticeships can make to employers of all sizes and sectors, individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and the effect on the wider economy. The theme for 2023’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Skills for Life’, which aims to promote how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the knowledge required for a rewarding career, and how this in turn has a positive impact on skillset of the future workforce. Inspire Education Group wishes to showcase the success of some of the Group’s apprentices over the past year.

Lisa Earl

Apprenticeships Week 2023 Case Studies Lisa

Lev­el 3 Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tor appren­tice of Peter­bor­ough Col­lege and Omega Sin­to Foundry Machin­ery Ltd, Lisa Earl, was nom­i­nat­ed for Busi­ness & Law Appren­tice of the Year at the annu­al Peter­bor­ough Appren­tice­ship Awards. Recog­nised for her resilience and deter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed, Lisa was delight­ed to have been nom­i­nat­ed, and advo­cates for the appren­tice­ship route; I’d def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend doing an appren­tice­ship, as appren­tice­ships take a more prac­ti­cal approach, and you still get plen­ty of sup­port from reg­u­lar one-to-one meet­ings with your Col­lege tutor and Man­ag­er”. She con­tin­ued, They’re also the per­fect way to earn while you learn! You get to achieve new skills with hard­ly any cost involved, in com­par­i­son to going to uni­ver­si­ty – I think this is a huge bonus in the cur­rent cli­mate”. Lisa hopes to take on more respon­si­bil­i­ty and progress in her role at Omega Sin­to Foundry Machin­ery Ltd.

Imogen Freeborough

Apprenticeships Week 2023 Case Studies Imogen

Imo­gen Free­bor­ough is an exam­ple of appren­tice­ship suc­cess amongst Inspire Edu­ca­tion Group staff. Pro­mot­ed to Senior IT Tech­ni­cian, Imo­gen Free­bor­ough began her career with Stam­ford Col­lege when she under­took an Advanced Lev­el Appren­tice­ship in IT, Soft­ware, Web & Tele­coms Pro­fes­sion­als, after tak­ing an inter­est in IT through­out her GCSE and A Lev­el stud­ies. After suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ing the work-based train­ing pro­gramme, Imo­gen secured an employed role as the College’s IT Tech­ni­cian, before pro­gress­ing to Senior IT Tech­ni­cian. Imo­gen agreed that the nation­al­ly-recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions are per­fect for gain­ing hands-on indus­try expe­ri­ence; I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend doing an appren­tice­ship, espe­cial­ly if you are a prac­ti­cal learn­er and don’t get on well sit­ting in lessons all day, every day”. Imo­gen con­tin­ued, It was very hands-on, but my col­leagues were so help­ful and sup­port­ive and always on-hand to point me in the right direc­tion. Over­all, my appren­tice­ship was a very reward­ing experience”.

Declan Brown

Apprenticeships Week 2023 Case Studies Declan

Declan Brown com­plet­ed his appren­tice­ship with Inspire Edu­ca­tion Group part­ner, inspire+. Declan had a pas­sion for phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion since he was at school, and want­ed a job where he could help oth­ers – becom­ing a PE teacher seemed liked the ide­al career. In his first year as a PE appren­tice, Declan worked four days a week at a local school, and the fifth day train­ing with inspire+. When the pan­dem­ic hit, Declan’s train­ing was remod­elled to help him to deliv­er vir­tu­al PE lessons that would keep his pupils engaged – Declan did not let these unprece­dent­ed times affect his pro­gres­sion. In his free time, Declan par­tic­i­pat­ed in a half-marathon, rais­ing £500 to help the school with sports equip­ment. Giv­en his pas­sion for teach­ing chil­dren and help­ing the com­mu­ni­ty, Declan advanced to a Lev­el 3 Com­mu­ni­ty Sport and Health Offi­cer appren­tice­ship, plan­ning and lead­ing PE lessons him­self. In recog­ni­tion of his achieve­ments, inspire+ award­ed him as the Appren­tice of the Month in Sep­tem­ber. He was also hon­oured with the High­ly Com­mend­ed Award at the 2022 Nation­al Appren­tice­ships Awards, and invit­ed to join the pres­ti­gious Appren­tice­ship Ambas­sador Net­work, which is sure to open up a wealth of oppor­tu­ni­ties for Declan.

Will Blower

Apprenticeships Week 2023 Case Studies Will

Will Blow­er stud­ied Busi­ness, Soci­ol­o­gy and Psy­chol­o­gy at A Lev­el, before enrolling on an appren­tice­ship pro­gramme with a local accoun­tan­cy firm and Inspire Edu­ca­tion Group part­ner, Anglia Pro­fes­sion­al Train­ing. Five years on, Will has com­plet­ed his accoun­tan­cy qual­i­fi­ca­tions and now runs his own accoun­tan­cy prac­tice, Realise Finance. In May of 2022, Realise Finance offered work expe­ri­ence to stu­dents of Spald­ing High School, and lat­er in the sum­mer, Will took on his first appren­tice, who also receives sup­port through Anglia Pro­fes­sion­al Train­ing. Joyce Coop­er was Will’s Learn­er Coach for both his Lev­el 3 and Lev­el 4 Asso­ci­a­tion of Account­ing Tech­ni­cians (AAT) pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions; I sup­port­ed Will and con­duct­ed his reviews with his employ­er at that time. He was an ambi­tious appren­tice and self-moti­vat­ed through both lev­els, achiev­ing to a high stan­dard through­out. Tutors were always com­pli­men­ta­ry in their feed­back and found him a mod­el stu­dent in class. I now have the plea­sure of sup­port­ing him as an employ­er, and also his new appren­tice on Lev­el 3 AAT. After almost 7 years at APT, my role is com­ing full cir­cle with stu­dents becom­ing men­tors and man­agers of new appren­tices”. Will con­clud­ed by com­mend­ing his expe­ri­ence of study­ing toward an appren­tice­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tion, Week­ly class­room-based train­ing, cou­pled with the hands-on expe­ri­ence, real­ly helped me to devel­op into the accoun­tant I am today, and I have the appren­tice­ship to thanks for that”.

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