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North Lindsey College Principal Anne Tyrrell, who started her career in fashion and textiles will be going back to the floor as part of the initiative to find out more about the work of apprentices.

North Lindsey College Principal Anne Tyrrell, who started her career in fashion and textiles will be going back to the floor as part of the initiative to find out more about the work of apprentices.

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In celebration of the forthcoming National Apprenticeship Week (March 3–7) North Lindsey College has a range of events planned.

On Monday March 3 the College will host an apprenticeship event from 5.30 – 7.00pm. Local employers will share their experiences with those looking to take on an apprentice; apprentices will talk about their role in the world of work and how they combine it with their studies. Those looking for an apprenticeship will be encouraged to find out all they can on the evening from both employers and apprentices alike.

Senior managers are going back to the floor in a bid to rediscover their roots! Different members of the North Lindsey College Senior Leadership Team will work alongside an existing apprentice. This is a great opportunity for them to go back to the floor and experience the type of work an apprentice carries out.

College Principal, Anne Tyrrell, will be shadowing Charlene Jaques, who is the Learning and Development Support Officer in Human Resources at North Lincolnshire Council. Charlene previously completed apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3 in Business Administration at the College and is now undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. Anne Tyrrell commented on the opportunity, “It’s important we can relate to the experience and share an understanding of what it is really like to be an apprentice today. Going back to the floor gives us an ideal opportunity to do this and also highlights the important role apprentices play in business today. In gaining qualifications while learning on the job, apprentices are contributing to the success of both the business and their own career at the same time.”

Mick Lochran will be returning to TATA where he worked as an apprenticeship himself. Mick will be in the control area.

Executive Director of Finance and Information, Peter Doherty is returning to the accounts department of Shucksmiths Accountants to work alongside Elliott Shucksmith, who is completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting.

Assistant Principal, Kit Sargent is returning to the classroom. Kit will be shadowing Bronwyn Halls, a Teaching Assistant Apprentice at John Harrison Primary School in Barrow-upon- Humber.

In recognition of the importance of apprenticeships to the local economy, North Lindsey College has set itself the challenge of recruiting 100 new apprenticeships in 100 days. Apprenticeships are important to individuals and employers. Business Development Director, Jill Cooper, commented, “We have a shortage of skills and experience in many sectors and apprentices can help to bridge that gap and develop people we need to meet local needs. Young people need the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge employers require and to gain work experience to ensure they meet employer’s needs and have a career path open to them.”

For those who are not sure what they want to do or who are looking for a new direction, the College is holding a number of Have A Go events. Members of the public are welcome to come into College on the following days to try out FREE activities in different areas:

On Tuesday March 4 the College will be hosting events in Accounting, Childcare, Fixing Your PC and Hairdressing. On Wednesday 5th the focus is on DIY skills and car maintenance while beauty therapy, animal care, sports and engineering are on the agenda on Thursday 6th March. Please see the College website for full details. All places need to be booked on 01724 281920.

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