To celebrate National Apprentice Week 2022 (7-13 February), Shrewsbury Colleges Group is participating in an interactive apprenticeship fair to answer all your questions about training with us.
All About Apprenticeships brings together training providers from across Shropshire to offer you essential advice and guidance on finding and applying for apprenticeships.
Our Business Solutions team will be running a stand at the event, providing you with the opportunity to get in-person support with pursuing an apprenticeship. You can speak to our staff about your specific interests and ambitions, and they’ll help steer you in the right direction, whether that’s recommending a sector to explore or a company to approach for a job. Our stand is open to everyone, from those who are hoping to find out the basics about what apprenticeships involve to those who are already on the job hunt.
It’s really important to get apprenticeship advice that’s specific to Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin from people who know local industries inside out. The event will also include opportunities to speak to employers and participate in ‘have-a-go’ activities to experience working in different sectors.
All About Apprenticeships is taking place from 2 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday 8 February at Montgomery Waters Meadow (Shrewsbury Town Football Club).
Anyone who wants to attend is encouraged to book as soon as possible; the event has limited capacity and almost 400 tickets have already been booked. Free tickets are available here.
Before you attend the event, we’d recommend browsing through our online catalogue of apprenticeships. SCG provides training for Level 3 apprentices across ten different sectors, alongside a number of Higher Level apprenticeships, so it’s worth getting an idea of what you’d like to talk to us about in advance.
We’ve included some stories below from SCG apprentices working in a variety of sectors to give you a sense of what it’s like to complete your training with us.
Luka Freeman, Business Administration Apprentice
“I tried the Business Administration apprenticeship without a lot of work experience or relevant qualifications and very little confidence. My employer gave me a safe and stable environment to learn new and different skills. They liaised with the college, who tailored the modules to suit my job role. It was an excellent route for me because it gave me the opportunity to learn new skills I had never imagined I would be good at.”
“Before my apprenticeship, I declined two university offers in a very different industry and felt very unsure about my future career. Now, a few years later, having completed my qualification and having been offered a permanent contract with my employer, I continue to develop my specialist skills as a Financial Adviser, specialising in Mortgage and Family Protection. We are constantly learning in the industry as rules and regulations are revised and changed, and I am very grateful to both my employer and the college, who have given me a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and experience to build upon.”
Lewis Revitt, Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice
“I have finally come to the end of my apprenticeship and, although sometimes hard work, I have enjoyed the process. I have gained not only practical joinery skills but also life skills, such as organisation and communication.”
“I have learnt how to work safely and well in a team environment. Many people have been a huge support along the way, especially Ciaran, the workshop foreman, Allan my college tutor, and Fred and Anthony, the company directors, from who I’ve received a lot of help and advice.”
“An apprenticeship has been a brilliant way to earn and learn along the way. It has set me up with skills and qualifications to carry me through the rest of my working life.”
Chloe Millington, Engineering Apprentice at Ricoh
“I studied Product Design at A Level and really enjoyed it. Taking on an Engineering Apprenticeship seemed like the natural progression from that, and I’ve appreciated every minute of it. It is great working for Ricoh and being able to study at SCG, as I get so many opportunities, such as taking part in WorldSkills.”