Published: January 12, 2020 | Updated: January 12, 2020

Celebration as college bucks national trend and sees rise in apprenticeship applications

Rianne Izzard, who has completed her Business Administration Level 2 apprenticeship at the Bournemouth & Poole College.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Bournemouth & Poole College is celebrating after bucking the national trend in the number of young people applying for apprenticeships.

Applications from the 16-18 year old age bracket have risen by 12 per cent year-on-year at the College which has sites in Lansdowne, Bournemouth, and North Road, Poole.

That compares with a national decrease of eight per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, in the over-19s age bracket, Bournemouth & Poole College has seen a 19 per cent increase year-on-year for admissions to apprenticeship courses.

The College works with more than 2,000 employers across Dorset and Hampshire to match the right apprentices with vacancies in different industries.

They include digital marketing, engineering, construction, catering and hospitality, hair and beauty, and care services.

Matt Butcher, Commercial Director, pictured right, said: “We are incredibly proud to see a rise in the number of students signing up for the apprenticeship courses we offer.

“It’s great to see that more and more young people are wanting to earn while they learn, and can see the benefits of gaining the skills at the College which they can then put into practice with local employers.”

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with studying, while having the benefit of earning a wage.

There are different levels of apprenticeships available lasting from one to five years.

Young people aged 16 and over, who live in England and who are not in education are able to apply for a variety of roles.

Rianne Izzard, who has completed her Business Administration Level 2 apprenticeship, said: “The apprenticeship has been so much better than I ever thought it would be.

“I was given lots of responsibility and made to really feel part of the team.

“It has helped me feel more confident in the workplace; I would never have had this experience if I had gone straight to university.”

Rich Strachan, Managing Director of 3 Sided Cube, said: “I’m a big fan of apprenticeships and I’d definitely encourage others to consider welcoming apprentices into their business. It’s a win-win.

“The apprentices get a qualification, great experience and they are ready to work.

“From a business perspective, we get some raw material that we can mould into a great member of the team.

“We also know that even if they don’t end up becoming a full-time member of the team, by training them up through an apprenticeship, we are making the local talent pool better, which benefits everyone.”

Bournemouth & Poole College is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in the area with around 12,000 students.