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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 17:05

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Langley College is all set to shine a light on work-based learning as part of the 2020 National Apprenticeship Week. The College, which is one of the region’s largest providers of apprenticeships, will be offering employer and student clinic sessions for the duration of the national awareness campaign which is running from 3 – 7 February 2020. The College’s expert apprenticeship team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance and are available for informal chats:

Monday 3 February, 3.00-5.00pm – Student Workshop

Tuesday 4 February, 3.00-5.00pm – Employer Workshop

Wednesday 5 February, 12.00-2.00pm – Student Workshop

Friday 7 February, 10.00am-12.00pm – Employer Workshop

Now in its 13th week, National Apprenticeship Week is the flagship event for apprenticeships. Commenting on the gold-standard in work-based learning, Kate Webb, Group Principal and CEO said: “Apprenticeships are growing in popularity as increasing numbers of school leavers and young people are opting to achieve a recognised qualification alongside relevant work-based experience. We are opening our doors during National Apprenticeship Week and look forward to meeting both prospective learners and employers who would like to find out more about the exciting opportunities available.”

The theme for 2020 is ‘Look Beyond’ which the National Apprenticeship Service is describing as a rally cry to showcase the diversity in apprenticeships. This year it is calling on young people to ‘look beyond’ traditional routes to employment, exploring instead options open to them through an apprenticeship. Employers too are urged to ‘look beyond’ their traditional methods of recruitment and shout about the value they see from employing apprentices. And finally, parents and teachers are requested to ‘look beyond’ their preconceptions around apprenticeships.

Langley College has over 40 years of experience in delivering high-quality training to SMEs and multinationals across a wide range of industries. A number of specialist apprenticeship programmes are available through the College including Business and Accounting, Computing, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering Motor Vehicle.

Those who cannot attend any of the clinic sessions can contact the apprenticeship team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01753 443855.

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As Brexit negotiations go to the wire, one Langley College Business Admin Apprentice has been to Brussels to meet key MEPs and European Commission staff. Natalia Orlowska, who is based in Slough Aspire, made the trip to the EU Headquarters to explore the opportunities offered to Apprentices through schemes funded by the European Parliament. Natalia joined a small group of apprentices as part of an initiative organised by Judith Bunting, the MEP representing the South East of England.

Natalia was one of only four apprentices from the region selected to join Judith at the EU Headquarters. During the two day visit she attended a reception with MEPs at the European Parliament and learned about Erasmus+, the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Natalia was also able to question key MEPs and European Commission staff regarding on the job training investments which will impact her, the other apprentices and the employers they work for. Natalia, in particular, has a keen interest as her work for Slough Aspire includes helping to deliver the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service.

Commenting on the value of the experience Natalia said: “Travelling to Brussels to meet other UK apprentices, sight-seeing the European Parliament along with discovering the life as an MEP was a truly fun and informative experience. This trip was designed to raise awareness of a range of opportunities available for young people in the EU. I really enjoyed finding out about Erasmus+ and I am interested in applying for this programme in the future to experience working abroad and other cultures. I am grateful to the Windsor Forest Colleges Group and Slough Aspire for offering me this opportunity, as I have met some really nice and interesting people over those two days and I am now thinking of exploring my future options.”

During the trip Natalia was also given a behind the scenes insight into the life of an MEP with talks about the role they play, a tour of the EU Parliament and a visit to the House of European History.

Natalia attended the trip, following a recommendation by Juliet Holloway Assistant Principal, Marketing and Business Development for the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, who said: “This was a great opportunity, kindly provided by our local MEP Judith Bunting, for Natalia to see the EU Parliament in action. Erasmus+ is all about linking organisations and enabling the sharing of best practice. I am sure that Natalia found the trip incredibly informative, bringing back new skills and knowledge to be shared among her colleagues at Slough Aspire and her tutors here at Langley College.”

Langley College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, offers a broad range of professional and trade apprenticeships, working with a number of the region’s leading employers. Apprenticeship opportunities include Business and Accounting, Computing, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and Motor Vehicle. These courses, which are available from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) to Level 5 (equivalent to an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree), combine training at the College with practical skills learned in the workplace. Apprentices get paid by their employer while they gain hands-on experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Click here to explore the full range of apprenticeships on offer. 

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