National Apprenticeship Week celebrates Sheffield apprentices building the future
The Sheffield College is backing a national celebration recognising the achievements of apprentices.
National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Sunday, showcases the positive
impact of apprenticeships on communities, local businesses and regional economies.
The theme for this year is ‘build the future’. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic,
National Apprenticeship Week is also recognise how apprentices have helped
employers adapt and build during a difficult year.
Andrew Hartley, executive director of commercial and o perations at The Sheffield
College, said: “Further education colleges are at the forefront of the skills led
recovery from the pandemic and apprenticeships will play a vital role in that.”
He added: “Apprenticeships are a great way for learners to develop the skills to go
further in their careers.
‘"Employers benefit from having a talent pipeline that they can mould to the needs of the business.”
One learner who has continued developing their skills during the pandemic is apprentice Estelle Smith, who joined the internal sales department at leading manufacturer Gripple after leaving school at 16.
The 21-year-old is completing a four-year business administration apprenticeship
programme and is responsible for administering agricultural orders across Europe.
Estelle recently won the regional Business Apprentice of the Year: Final Year
category in the Make UK Manufacturing Awards 2020 for making a significant
contribution to Gripple’s business activities.
She said: “I feel really proud. It is brilliant that my employer has recognised my
"Through the apprenticeship programme, I have gained confidence and
knowledge which has developed me as an individual and enabled me to make an
increasing contribution to my team.”
She added: “Gripple is a company which encourages its staff to grow and develop. I
have been earmarked for the next cohort of staff who will undertake the future
"This will expose me to all aspects of what is required to run a business.”