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Blazing a Trail for Apprenticeships at Lakes College

Hannah from James Walker and Lakes College Students

Lakes College have been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2019 in style with a range of activities for students inspiring them to ‘Blaze a Trail’ with the many apprenticeship opportunities in Cumbria and beyond.

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of apprenticeships which brings the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

With over 70 different apprenticeship courses available through the college, and a cohort of hundreds of apprentices working with leading employers across Cumbria, Lakes College has taken advantage of the week to focus on highlighting to students the range of apprenticeships we have available in our community.

A range of employers and organisations visited the college throughout the week including the North West Ambulance Service, CITB, Cumbria Careers Hub, M2 Education and Hello Future.

Students were encouraged to consider an apprenticeship as a career opportunity via talks and presentations. These activities were aimed at broadening students’ mindsets allowing them to learn more about careers and apprenticeships in areas and sectors they may not have considered. The Army visited the college on Tuesday and gave an exciting presentation on the wide variety of careers and apprenticeships available in the armed forces including nursing, catering and engineering.

James Walker & Co Ltd joined the college on Thursday for a hands-on interactive session where students were given the opportunity to create watertight boats using sealants.

Hannah Petrie, Learning and Development Co-Ordinator at James Walker commented: “I came to Lakes College during National Apprenticeship week to give a presentation to a group of students studying both Engineering and IT qualifications about James Walker & Co, who we are and what we do. It is so important to get out there and speak to local students, especially those who are studying a subject that is directly related to what we do as a business. The students at Lakes College were very engaged, and I was so pleased to see some familiar faces stay behind and complete the activity that I had taken along.

“National Apprenticeship week is a great way of introducing students to the world of work with local employers, and getting them thinking about the potential that apprenticeships have as a fantastic alternative route for their futures.”

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