​College recognised for its commitment to young people

​College recognised for its commitment to young people

Suffolk New College has been formally recognised for its commitment to creating apprenticeships and enhancing the prospects of young people.

New Anglia LEP, working with Suffolk and Norfolk county councils and the Department for Work and Pensions, have created a Youth Pledge Marque which is awarded to businesses who are committed to supporting the future workforce, better aligning skills with enterprise, and in turn growing our economy.

The College currently employs 20 apprentices, which equates to around 4% of the total workforce – double the 2% threshold outlined in the Youth Pledge.

Viv Gillespie, Principal of Suffolk New College, said: “We are delighted to receive recognition for our commitment to apprenticeships.

“Suffolk New College is proud of our record as a major employer of apprentices. We are equally proud of the apprentice training provision we offer in a range of subject areas.

“The value of apprenticeships should not be underestimated. Research has shown that for every £1 a business spends on an apprentice, £18 is paid back into the UK economy. Businesses also report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire an apprentice.”

The marque is given to businesses that pledge to create more apprenticeships or work experience placements in the next year, or who have employees involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network, where senior business leaders work with schools and colleges to ensure strong links with their local business community and industry sectors.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP said: “This is so much more than an attractive logo and some good intentions. It’s all about leading by example, with employers showing real commitment and giving practical help and support in inspiring young people into work.

“Businesses of all sizes are crying out for talent and good skills, and for people who understand their industry and want to develop rewarding careers. We are on their side. The future of our growing economy depends on it and the future success of thousands of businesses relies on it too.”

Find out more about apprenticeships at Suffolk New College – call 01473 382915 or visit www.suffolk.ac.uk/jobs

Case study: Emily Jones, former HR apprentice at Suffolk New College

“I was feeling a little fed up working in the retail sector and felt I needed something to challenge myself. I saw an opportunity for an HR Apprentice at Suffolk New College –

I knew they had a good reputation for apprenticeships and I wanted a taster of HR to see if it was for me.

“I started my Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship in August 2014 and spent two months working in the Funding and Performance team assisting with enrolment and processing student applications. I then moved over to the HR team, where I learnt so many new skills. The College really supported me to achieve and I built strong working relationships with staff.

“When I reached the last few months of my apprenticeship, my dream job popped up just at the right time. I have learnt so much from my experience as an apprentice and would definitely recommend this route into your chosen career.

“Nearly a year on from completing my fixed-term apprenticeship I am now in a permanent role as an HR Assistant at the College, and have just completed my Level 3 CIPD qualification, which is the stepping stone to being qualified in HR.”