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Blazing the Trail

The College celebrated National Apprenticeship Week 2019 with a bang, showcasing the breadth and diversity of apprentices across the college’s outstanding provision.

Seymour Civil Engineering’s, Luke Bell, kicked off the week taking over the hot seat of Chief Executive, Kevin Byrne, in the Apprenticeship Takeover. Luke also appeared in regional and national news as he talked about the decision to choose an apprenticeship over the A-level/University route. “My apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to learn from industry experts every day, the opportunities I am getting at Seymour are setting me up for a successful career. I want to progress as high as I can with my amazing employer”. 

A midweek video shoot with Gestamp Tallent’s apprentices celebrated the opportunities afforded via apprenticeship, regardless of age. Sapphire (19), Alex (25) and Craig (42) are all succeeding in their chosen careers with the Newton Aycliffe based manufacturing giant. Craig said “I was working at Gestamp and seen this apprenticeship as my last opportunity for my career to progress”.

On the Thursday of NAW2019 and for the seventh consecutive year the college hosted what is now widely known as The BIG Apprenticeship Event. Over 45 employers exhibited their apprenticeship offer to 1000 visitors. International business giants such as Caterpillar and EDF Energy packed the college atrium alongside local businesses such as JDM Earth and Anna Campbell’s hairdressing. Gary Riches, the College’s Head of Employer Services reflected “We are really grateful for the continued support from our business partners. Thursday was another excellent example of how the college and local industry work together to provide the best apprenticeship opportunities. Thanks to all those that came along to visit, we hope to see many of those back at the College when they successfully secure an apprenticeship”.

Hartlepool College is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeship provider that is currently ranked number one in the North East for apprenticeship success, blazing a trail developing a skilled workforce for Hartlepool, the Tees Valley and the North East of England.

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