College is ready for take-off at Apprenticeship Show

Telford College will be showcasing some of its cutting-edge virtual reality training equipment at the town’s Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Show next week.

Visitors to the college’s stand at Telford’s International Centre on March 5 will be able to take their seat in a flight simulator, use the latest technology to see inside a human body, or try a range of interactive engineering activities.

Telford College is one of the largest apprenticeship providers in the region. It is currently working with more than 350 different employers, and helping to train more than 1,000 apprentices.

Graham Guest, Telford College’s principal and chief executive, said: “We want to make people aware of the incredible diversity of career options which are now available through apprenticeships, and which may surprise some people.

“We also want to show employers the value of reaching beyond traditional hiring routes – as well as encouraging parents and teachers to look beyond outdated preconceptions around apprenticeships.”

Telford College | 1. The flight simulator, from Telford College’s virtual reality suite, will be ready for take-off at the show
Telford College | 1. The flight simulator, from Telford College’s virtual reality suite, will be ready for take-off at the show

Beckie Bosworth, the college’s employer engagement manager, added: “We are able to offer more than 30 different types of apprenticeship, from entry level right the way through to degree level.

“Apprenticeships are all about learning your trade with the benefit of hands-on experience – and we want to reflect this by offering a wider range of activities on our stand at the show this year than ever before.

“Our expert staff will be on hand to help explain how to take the next step, and guide people through the many options.”

In addition to the flight simulator, other activities on the Telford College stand will include interactive engineering, first aid demonstrations, computer programming exercises, and a chance to strip down and rebuild a laptop.

Beckie said: “Whether you’re dreaming of a career in engineering, want to become an IT professional, would love to work with classic cars, or find a job as an HR advisor, apprenticeship opportunities with Telford College are endless.”

Visitors to the Telford College stand will also be entered into a competition with a chance to win a virtual reality experience for 10 at the college’s VR suite, a fine dining experience, or a behind the scenes tour of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux stadium.

The college is a community partner with the premier league club, and runs football courses in partnership with Wolves, providing unrivalled access to the club’s facilities, players and support staff.

Telford College is currently running a new campaign to celebrate the vital contribution which apprenticeships are making to the local economy.

The ‘50 Day Pledge’ is highlighting a different success story every day, and has been running since the start of National Apprenticeships Week, spotlighting the many ways in which apprenticeships are creating life-changing opportunities – both for the apprentices involved, and their employers.

Some of the big-name Shropshire companies using Telford College to train their apprentices include civil engineering company McPhillips, a former Shropshire Company of the Year champion.

Marketing manager Mark Kiddie said: “We have been working with Telford College for a number of years and run a two-year apprenticeship course.

“We recruit up to 10 apprentices a year and they do a day release here at Telford College. The remainder of the week they are out on site putting some of the skills they have been taught here into practice.

“Being able to practice and reinforce the theory they learn is vital. Apprenticeships give us the next generation of our workforce.”

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