Northumberland College launches new Apprenticeship Academy

Newcastle City Council apprenticeship manager, Paul Maddison; Northumberland College's 1000th apprentice, April Halligan; apprenticeship assessor Ged Tait with Northumberland Colleges apprenticeship team. Picture by Simon Williams
Newcastle City Council apprenticeship manager, Paul Maddison; Northumberland College's 1000th apprentice, April Halligan; apprenticeship assessor Ged Tait with Northumberland Colleges apprenticeship team. Picture by Simon Williams

Northumberland College has recently launched its new Apprenticeship Academy that will focus on meeting the needs of apprentices and their employers.

This new academy sees apprenticeship support officers and assessors for all subjects working more closely together.

Susan Goldstein, director of the Apprenticeship Academy, said: “Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for employers to recruit and further develop staff with the skills and expertise needed for their organisation’s success.”

“For individuals, regardless of their age or background, apprenticeships offer access to structured industry-standard learning and qualifications.

“Successful apprenticeships are delivered by a robust and cohesive partnership between employer, apprentice and the college.

“The Apprenticeship Academy will ensure that each partner is clear about their responsibilities and opportunities within this process.

“Our aim is to support as many apprentices as we can in achieving their career and educational goals and at the same time help employers to meet current and future skills needs.”

Northumberland College is in a ideal position to meet skills needs, offering, as it does, more than 40 different apprenticeships at Level 2, 3 and 4, one of the largest ranges of in the region.

National figures show that for every £1 of government investment in Level 2 or 3 apprenticeships, there is typically a return of £26 to £28 and that someone with a Higher Apprentice (Level 4) could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime.

The college has now recruited its 1,000th apprentice – 18-year-0ld April Halligan, a bricklaying apprentice with Newcastle City Council.