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Employers

“We value Apprenticeships within the council; as well as being high-quality pathways to successful careers, they also provide opportunities for new employees to develop and progress, which assists the council in meeting its current and future skills needs.”

Jill Anderson - HR Officer – City of York Council
Business Administration, Accountancy and Stonemasonry Apprentices at York College

“It’s important to us at Fellas & Kings to give apprenticeships a high standard of training and support them to achieve a qualification in barbering in conjunction with York College. Apprenticeships are a good opportunity for young people to get more hands-on experience, achieve their goals and be given a chance to develop skills and knowledge for a successful career.”

Claire Cummings - Business Owner - Fella & Kings
Barbering Apprentice at York College

“Brightgreen Plastics believe that apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity for the younger generation. This will enable them to do hands on training and give them a real chance of showing an employer their skills set and confidence.

We also believe that as a business, fresh eyes and new ideas can only add value to any organisation and we 100% back the idea that apprentices hold the future of being the next generation to lead the UK industry. “

Courtney Scaife, Site Coordinator – Brightgreen Plastics Limited
Accounting Apprentices at York College

“Having an apprentice has been an advantage to Rosedale Joinery because it’s good to see new blood coming into the trade. We are on our third apprentice and the others have now flown the nest and gone onto be site managers and self-employed joiners.”

Ben Trousdale - Business Owner - Rosedale Joinery (York) LTD.
Joinery Apprentices at York College

“At HCOMM we believe that young people need opportunities in life, within the business, it’s been really beneficial for us to take apprentices on as they can be trained and guided with support from our senior engineers to give them the opportunity to have a career within the Rail industry.”

Sally Kempson - Office Manager – HCOMM
Engineering Design Draughtsperson Apprentices at York College

“York College Business Development Unit was essential in helping us find apprentices that could share in the development and growth of our skills base for mutual benefit, we couldn't have asked for a better match.”

David de Bethel - Engineering Director - Carlson Laser Measurement Devices
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Apprentices at York College

“At The Rythre Arms, we believe apprenticeships are invaluable in bringing new talent to the workplace, the chance to learn and experience a busy kitchen both on-site and in college is the perfect grounding for a modern chef.”

Tony Linley – Business Owner - The Rythre Arms Steakhouse
Chef Apprentice at York College

“With the skills shortage in construction trades being experienced across the UK, apprenticeships are a valuable resource for our future generation of workers. Structured learning through our colleges, supported with hands-on experience with work-based mentors passing on their invaluable experience and knowledge, will provide our industry greater continuity, breadth and success for all those involved.”

Sarah Wetton - Commercial Director - Twenty Five
Architectural Joinery Apprentice Apprentices at York College

“Here at 10 Squared, we are proud to say that this year we are welcoming our 4th Apprentice into the business. We are firm believers that Apprenticeships hold a very real and valid place within modern-day industry and that the benefits to both the company and apprentice by far out way anything negative. Education does not have to be ‘one size fits all’ and by accessing an apprenticeship programme you will be making a real investment in your future.”

Sarah Pearson – Office Manager - 10 Squared
Fabrication & Welding and Electrical/Electronic Engineering Apprentices at York College

“Partnering with York College has enabled The ICC Group to provide a successful and challenging apprenticeship for young adults who are keen to pursue a career in IT engineering. The course has been great for professionals who want to learn and work simultaneously, with a good, well rounded BTEC Level 3 Infrastructure Technician in IT Systems & Networking qualification at the end. We are proud of the engineers who have completed the course and continue to develop their career here at ICC.”

Michael Polkinghorne - Head of Group Commercial Services – The ICC Group
Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeships at York College

“Crushing and Screening Ltd is passionate about passing engineering and manufacturing skills onto the younger generation.

"It is vital for the future of our country that we maintain our manufacturing industry and keep the UK at the forefront of engineering, design and manufacturing.

"An apprenticeship, when managed correctly, is an excellent way for young people to gain practical knowledge into an industry that they may know very little about.

"The benefits to a business are numerous but the key is that you can use your existing skilled workforce to provide the right training and skill sets specific to your industry and mould potential future employees to become a valuable asset to the business.”

Neil Ashton – Director - Crushing and Screening Ltd
Fabrication & Welding Engineering Apprentices at York College

"At Karro Food Group, we strive to create interesting ways for our employees to develop their skills and knowledge and in doing so, helping to carve out exciting career pathways. The apprenticeship route is one of the ways at Karro that provide our employees with an opportunity to really engage with not only a professional career path, but importantly the different ways of applying their learning to their everyday work, bringing a more tangible learning experience grounded in reality.

"Often our learners see an impact both personally and professionally, developing the person as a whole and we see the benefits of this in our business too. Supporting our employees through an apprenticeship may not always be the easiest or most direct route to a qualification status, but it is by far the most personally challenging and rewarding approach to ensuring that our apprentices really do practice what they learn."

Danni Leggatt - Group Head of Learning & Development – Karro Food Group
Engineering Apprentices at York College

“We firmly believe that apprenticeships are more important now than they ever have been. They provide an opportunity to learn a skill for life and provide endless opportunities for the future”.

Sue Carter – Director – CG Building and Restoration Ltd
Bricklaying and Site Joinery apprentices at York College

“We are passionate about bringing in apprentices at Severfield, helping young people take their first step in their construction career. We believe an apprenticeship is just the start of your career. Many continue with their development by completing higher qualifications and/ or progress within the company and stay with us for many years.

"An apprenticeship is a great way to develop the practical skills and knowledge needed whilst giving you hands-on experience in the role. As a structural steel business, we are quite specialised in what we do, so developing apprentices ensures that we have people with the expertise we need for now and the future. We provide placements for platers, maintenance engineers and steel erectors.”

Bev Croft – Learning & Development Manager – Severfield Plc
Fabrication & Welding Engineering and Infrastructure Technician Apprentices at York College

“Although it is early days, I'd say that so far we are really happy with the apprenticeship arrangement. Our apprentice is proving to be a great and valuable addition to the team. From her perspective, she is gaining varied experience in the work environment and this, alongside her college studies, will hopefully prove to be a strong starting point for a successful career in Business Administration.”

Caroline McCart - Operations and HR Assistant - Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust
Business Administration Apprenticeships at York College

“At Britcom we see an apprentice as an essential employee for the future development of our business. The apprentice will follow a training programme as directed by the college and also a concise ‘on the job’ internal Britcom programme. This will cover every aspect of each of our respective trades and will result in us having a fully rounded skilled member of the team, who will contribute to the success of our business for many years to come. With the opportunity of internal promotion, the route of an apprenticeship with Britcom is only the start of your journey.”

Charlotte Williamson - PA to the Board of Management and HR Co-ordinator – Britcom
Engineering: Fabrication, Welding and Metal Fabrication Apprenticeships at York College

“Offering apprenticeships is an effective way for our business to grow, and encourage talent, along with keeping staff motivated and engaged in the workplace. Our apprentices over the years have been diverse, covering several trades and administration, and they have gone on to become skilled employees.”

Vikki Nixon - Accounts Team - Britcab
Joinery, Electrical Installation, Business Administration and Painting & Decorating Apprentices at York College

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