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Apprenticeships are blazing a trail for the future

The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place shortly from the Monday 4th to Friday 8 March. During the week students will be celebrating everything that apprenticeships have to offer employers and students.

The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Blaze a Trail’ and will focus on how apprenticeships have brought new opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds, in many different industries. It will also focus on how employers are ‘blazing a trail’ by employing apprentices to take on new and exciting challenges in their industry.

One of the key messages that we want to get across at Buxton & Leek College is that apprenticeships are for everyone, – not just school leavers, those wanting to learn a trade or students who don’t have GCSE grades needed to study A-Levels.


Today’s apprentices work in many different industries such as Accounting, Business & Team Leading, Childcare & Education (including Teaching and Teaching Assistant), Customer Services, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Catering, Health & Social Care, Carpentry & Joinery, Engineering and Motor Vehicle


At Buxton & Leek College we have lots of apprentices who are employed in different industries, with employers such as Merlin Entertainment, Chatsworth House, Trinity Renovations, the University of Derby and Rowley’s restaurant to name but a few, gaining on-the-job skills as well as completing their qualification at College.


Steph Traynor, Operations Manager for Apprenticeships at Buxton & Leek College said: “With an apprenticeship, students get hands-on work experience, a salary, paid holidays and the opportunity to develop within a business.


“We really want to emphasise that apprenticeships aren’t just for people who have just left school either. We have a number of adult apprentices working to develop their career prospects, return to work after time out or to change industry completely. One example is the apprenticeship in Team Leading that we offer, which has proven to be popular for businesses looking to develop their existing staff. As part of the University of Derby, we’re able to offer Higher and Degree level apprenticeships too so apprenticeships really are for everyone.”


For more information about the apprenticeships available at Buxton & Leek College – including current vacancies and how to apply visit here.