B&FC launches bid to place 100 apprentices in one hundred days

Published on 05/03/2018 by pfi

Blackpool and The Fylde College and B&FC for Business has this week launched its 100 apprenticeships in one hundred days challenge to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week

The campaign started on Monday 5 March 2018, with three apprentices signing up with B&FC and a number of others applying to be placed with employers in a range of industries.

Colleen Hickson, Head of Apprenticeships at B&FC for Business, said:

“We are extremely excited to be launching this campaign to create 100 apprenticeships in one hundred days

“We strongly believe that apprenticeships can offer the best of both worlds for businesses and the candidate.

“For businesses, an apprenticeship is an excellent workforce development tool which brings in fresh new talent to an ageing workforce. Apprenticeships allow businesses to be fully involved in bespoke training for their employee to ensure it is mapped to their priorities and supports their business for future challenges.

“For the apprentice, it is often the more hands-on approach of learning while working which allows them to flourish in an apprenticeship and earn while they learn.”

The challenge will run until 13 June 2018, with the College providing regular updates via local media and on social media, using the hashtag #100apprentices.

As well as the 100 in one hundred challenge, the B&FC Apprenticeships Team are hosting daily events at Bispham Campus throughout National Apprenticeship Week, with a different sector theme each day.

Staff will also be going out into the community with exhibitions at various YMCAs across the Fylde Coast, at the Houndshill Shopping Centre and an NHS Jobs Fair at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The team will also have a big presence at Bispham Campus for B&FC’s open event on Wednesday 7 March 2018 with a Come and Get Matched apprenticeship showcase.

Josh Wood attended one of the B&FC events at Thornton YMCA where he signed up to start an apprenticeship with Lancashire Plumbing and Heating.

Ethan Smith, 17, said working as a trainee in the finance department of a local company had taught him new skills to prepare him for an apprenticeship with a national company.

Mechanic Levi Young, 24, added that he sees an apprenticeship as a second chance to secure a fulfilling career. He said:

“I really enjoy the work. For me, being a little bit older, being able to earn a qualification while in paid work is really important.

“I want to end up working in the garage for a major car dealership.”

For Olivia Gill and Antonia Hardman, they hope an apprenticeship will lead to successful careers in social work and childcare.

For more information about apprenticeships or employing an apprentice come along to the College or contact the Apprenticeships Team on 01253 504 343 or at info@blackpool.ac.uk

Josh King signing up for his plumbing apprenticeship with Lancashire Plumbing and Heating
Josh King signing up for his plumbing apprenticeship with Lancashire Plumbing and Heating
Ethan Smith signing up for an apprenticeship through B&FC for Business
Ethan Smith signing up for an apprenticeship through B&FC for Business 
Olivia Gill, Antonia Hardman and Levi Young
Olivia Gill, Antonia Hardman and Levi Young