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Action packed week of celebrations to showcase ‘apprenticeships work’ at KCC

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Knowsley Community College (KCC) hosted a series of activities giving those interested in an apprenticeship a flavour of what to expect.

KCC apprentice Bethan Love, who secured herself a business administration apprenticeship, fronted the weeklong campaign. Bethan took to the social media accounts with a takeover to showcase her role as an apprentice and raise awareness of how apprenticeships work.

Gill Banks, Knowsley Community College principal, said: “KCC is proud to provide a range of apprenticeship opportunities, which are increasingly becoming the route of choice for many people. National Apprenticeship Week helps us to further increase awareness of apprenticeships and the many exciting opportunities they can create.”

Events and activities, which took place at Knowsley Community College during National Apprenticeship Week, included the college’s school liaison team providing additional support and guidance to young people at several schools across the borough including Halewood Academy, St Edmund Arrowsmith in Whiston and Lord Derby Academy.

Schools and members of the public were invited to gain advice and speak first-hand to apprentices and employers about their experiences and upcoming opportunities.

The college also dedicated its social media platforms to an entire week of posts about fantastic apprenticeship vacancies and apprentice success stories including; business administration apprentice, Bethan Love, electrical installation apprentice, Peter Orr, joinery apprentice, Sue Thompson, mechanical engineering apprentice, Mateusz Kicinski and business administration apprentice, Patsy Connor.

The college also used the weeklong campaign as an opportunity to highlight industry partnerships demonstrating how ‘apprenticeships work’ for employers that they work with across the Liverpool City Region.

Knowsley Community College apprentice Patsy Connor said: “I realised that an apprenticeship was an option for me and I now understand that it is my preferred way of learning.

“Already at the age of 17, I am earning a steady wage and gaining a qualification at the same time. I have gained so much independence and I no longer have to depend on my parents for money.”

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