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National Apprenticeship Week Encourages Everyone To Get Involved


Warwickshire College are supporting National Apprenticeship Week, running from
1st – 5th February. The College will be holding a series of events, as well as
recruiting apprentices to work for BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.

Key initiatives that support the week include a ‘Job Swap Day’ on Tuesday 2nd
February, that invites existing apprentices to swap places with their employers
for the morning. The apprentice will take the reins, whilst the employer will
come into College for the morning and experience some practical learning. It is
envisaged that this activity will inspire the apprentice to progress further in
the company, whilst the employer will be able to re-fresh on any key training
and learn something beneficial.

The second initiative is a media day. All press are being invited to shadow an
apprentice on Thursday 4th February, at the apprentice’s place of work.
Opportunities include shadowing apprentices across all land-based disciplines
from farming and estate management to equine livery yards and riding schools, as
well as production horticulture. Any journalists wishing to get involved, find
out more about the apprenticeship scheme, discover how the scheme works for
employers and apprentices, and go back on the land and get their hands dirty,
should contact the marketing department on 01926 318267 or email

The National Apprenticeship Service has recently announced that they will offer
an additional grant of 2,500 to every employer that takes on an apprentice aged
16 or 17. This offer is only available for ten weeks and is on top of the
funding that employers already receive for apprentices. Warwickshire College
have a number of apprentices looking for work, so any employer that is
interested in seeing their business improve in productivity and are looking for
a cost-effective method to employ someone, should get in touch today.

Warwickshire College already work with numerous employers who receive training
from the College, in and out of the workplace. Many of these employers have
already taken on a Warwickshire College apprentice. However, one of the
College’s current employers, looking for an apprentice, is BBC Countryfile
presenter, Adam Henson. The role on offer will involve working at the Cotswold
Farm Park, the home of the Rare Breeds Conservation, affectionately known on BBC
Countryfile as ‘Adam’s Farm’ and spending time at College studying and learning
new skills.* Adam Henson is actively involved in several projects taking place
at Warwickshire College, namely, pioneering the recent Fresh Start Academy
Launch, which aims to give farmers and people working in the agricultural
industry business advice.
*This role has no direct relation to working for the BBC.

For more information about taking on an apprentice, interested parties should
contact Laura on 01926 318261 or emailing

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