Published: March 9, 2022 | Updated: March 9, 2022

College celebrates apprentices after huge spike in enrolment compared to national average

Winners of the Apprentices of the Year Awards at Bournemouth & Poole College with Phil Sayles, Principal & CEO.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Bournemouth & Poole College has celebrated the hard work of students at its annual Apprentices of the Year Awards.

Fifteen apprentices across a range of sectors received accolades for their efforts over the last year.

The College is the largest apprenticeship provider in the area and has experienced an exceptional year for enrolment.

From August to October 2021, it saw a 117 per cent increase year-on-year.

The national average was 43 per cent.

In addition to the spike in apprenticeship enrolments in 2021, 52 per cent of apprentices at Bournemouth & Poole College are in the 16 to 18 age bracket.

Nationally the average was 30.8 per cent.

Matt Butcher, Commercial Director, pictured left, said: “We are incredibly proud of the environment curated for our apprentices here at The College, and our award recipients are testament to that.

“We do not take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to our recruitment.

“We work with both the employer and candidate to ensure we maximise the chance of a perfect match.

“Many of our ex-apprentices are now self-employed, in senior management and progressing steadily in their chosen careers.

“Our increase in enrolments over the past year, especially within 16-18 year-olds, is wonderful to see.

“We are delighted that more young people are considering an apprenticeship as an alternative to higher education.

“We hope this trend will continue and we have the opportunity to help pave the way for many more into their dream careers.”

Among the winners of the Apprentices of the Year Awards was Lloyd Bleese, who received a Distinction in his Level 5 HR apprenticeship and now works full-time for Dorset Police.

Lloyd, pictured with Phil Sayles, College Principal and CEO, is now mentoring another apprentice who has recently begun the course.

He said: “I had such an enjoyable time while completing my apprenticeship and I’m so pleased to have won this award.

“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is weighing up their options.

“I learned so much and am so grateful to have been offered a full-time position at the end of it.”

Charlie Sansome, pictured, received an Apprentices of the Year award for her work at Cobham, in a Level 3 Engineering course as Technician Support.

She was given the accolade due to her extremely high standard of work, her ‘can do’ attitude and positive approach.

Charlie said: “I always thought that engineering was the route for me when I was in school.

“I completed some work experience at Cobham and decided to go for an apprenticeship.

“I like the freedom you get whilst still being in education, and it’s great to apply skills you learnt at college, in the workplace.”

Another award recipient was Ben Lusted, who has completed a Level 3 Business Administration course at Caterpillar Marine Power, a long-standing employer of The College.

He has thrived in his role and become a vital team member with high responsibility and projects of his own, completing the apprenticeship with a Distinction.

Ben, pictured, said: “I chose this apprenticeship because I thought it would teach me lots of transferable skills not only for this job, but also for any future endeavours.

“I would highly recommend an apprenticeship for anyone that is looking to take the next step in their career.”

The Apprentices of the Year Awards were held at the RNLI College in Poole.

Bournemouth & Poole College is home to around 12,000 students from across the region, UK and the world.

It has working relationships with more than 2,000 employers, local schools, local government and community groups.