Business breakfast backs apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships were the order of the day at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (17 March) at East Berkshire College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices, the event was part of a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016).

A wide range of companies from across the region attended the event including Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, UCB, Sir Robert McAlpine, Starbucks, Morgan Sindall and Royal Windsor Racecourse. The ‘Business Breakfast’ event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College’s apprenticeship programmes, funding and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers as well as a Q&A session with representatives from Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, UCB and London Borough of Hounslow, all of whom have recruited apprentices through the College. Meanwhile, the College’s catering students prepared a delicious buffet breakfast for guests, which included scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon, soda bread, croissants and handmade pastries.

One of the apprentices speaking as part of the Q&A session was Juan Torres, who is currently an apprentice chef at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel in Windsor and recently came second in the East Berkshire College Best Apprentice Chef contest.

Commenting on why an apprenticeship is a good way to start a career, Juan said: "I really enjoy the team spirit in the kitchen. I'm learning from great chefs, gaining experience and studying for my Level 3 qualification. My apprenticeship is an investment in my future."

Terry Lee from the London Borough of Hounslow, which currently employs apprentices through the College, added: “Apprenticeships are a great way to pass on knowledge to the next generation. It is important to give young people opportunities to learn. Our apprentices enjoy coming into the College because the facilities here are first class.”

Guests were also provided with a tour of the College’s excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, the hair and beauty salons and the new STEM Project & Research Centre.

East Berkshire College helps employers of all sizes in a wide variety of industries recruit and train apprentices, including Classico Marble Ltd in Langley. Salve Caruso, Director of Classico Marble, explains: “Apprenticeships can be a really good way to recruit staff. The College has found us good keen young people who have wanted to learn and they have achieved a great level of competency with us. We would certainly recommend apprenticeships.”

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4/5) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships, click here.

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