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National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2024 at Buxton & Leek College

Buxton & Leek College is celebrating apprenticeships with a week packed full of activities for NAW2024. 

At the start of the week, students from local schools were welcomed to the College’s Leek and Buxton campuses for an apprenticeship marketplace and campus tours. Kath Carnes, BLC’s Recruitment Coordinator for Apprenticeships says, “They were able to get hands on with VR headsets, make bat boxes, complete a nappy change challenge, watch a hair & beauty show, take part in quizzes, and dunk marshmallows and fruit into a chocolate fountain, all whilst discussing their aspirations with the apprenticeship team. 

“On campus tours they were able to see our facilities such as the industry standard salons, the brand-new bistro, Harpurs, and engineering and carpentry & joinery workshops to name a few. For many of the pupils it was the first time they have been on a college campus and their first taste of technical education. We have great engagement with schools through assemblies, careers fairs and similar but nothing beats the first-hand experience we have provided this week.

For some young people, an apprenticeship may be a more beneficial route over traditional academic study. Not only can they earn whilst they learn, but it also offers a direct path into industry, with many of BLC’s apprentices being hired for full-time positions at the end of their apprenticeships. 

Buxton & Leek College work in partnership with a high number of local businesses to provide students with the best opportunities in industry and set them up with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed in full-time employment. There are a variety of subject areas available at BLC, so from culinary to accountancy, and school leavers to adult learners, there’s space to build a career in an industry you have a real passion for. 

You can find out more about current apprenticeship vacancies at Buxton & Leek College here