College apprenticeship scheme is praised

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WEST Nottinghamshire College is “at the forefront of the Government’s Apprenticeship agenda”, according to a leading figure at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

David Way, chief operating officer at NAS, visited the college to learn about its innovative approaches to boosting Apprenticeship opportunities.

His visit focused on the college’s Vision Apprentices recruitment service; one of only 15 Apprenticeship Training Associations (ATAs) across the country – and the only one in Nottinghamshire – set up with Government investment.

ATAs are companies or partnerships acting as recruitment services that place apprentices with ‘host’ employers to offer firms greater flexibility than employing trainees directly.

Mr Way said: “It’s clear West Nottinghamshire College has a very good and well-deserved reputation. It is providing excellence in Apprenticeships for local people and employers, as well as regionally and nationally.

“The college really is at the forefront of the Government’s Apprenticeship agenda and its work in helping young people to achieve is producing great results. It’s good to see the college succeeding in this way.”

Mr Way met with the college’s principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE, director of employer engagement and managing director of Vision Apprentices Graham Howe, and employers who currently use Vision Apprentices to recruit their trainees, during his visit last week (4 March).