College experiences apprenticeship boom

The College Bricklaying apprentice at work
The College Bricklaying apprentice at work

Bournemouth & Poole College has seen a huge spike in apprenticeship enrolments this September compared to previous years, with more young people between the ages of 16-18 opting for an alternative to A-Levels and university.

The College has seen a 44% increase in new apprentices from last year with 659 new apprenticeships offered in August and September, compared to 495 in 2020.

In particular, since the pandemic, certain trade sectors have enrolled more apprentices than ever seen before with construction, carpentry and electric all surging in popularity – trades that were able to carry on mostly uninterrupted during the global crisis.

The College has responded to this demand by expanding its provision as much as possible to accommodate this rise in interest. This included onboarding new employers and encouraging companies to bring on new starters.

David Massieu-King, Account Manager for Construction Apprenticeships at Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “The industry has bounced back from the difficulty of last year, and the number of new apprentices that we have enrolled this term truly demonstrates this.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer over 210 placements within construction and we will work with these new apprentices and employers to ensure they have the correct training and meet the requirements of this ever-growing sector.”

Another trade that has seen a spike in apprenticeship sign-ups has been bricklaying. Wimborne-based A&G Bricklaying has worked with Bournemouth & Poole College for a number of years and recruits 3-4 apprentices each year.

Mandy Hoare, Director of A&G Bricklaying, said: “We have worked with Bournemouth & Poole College over a number of years and have always felt our apprentices have been taught the basics of their trade very well, with some progressing to level 3 with further great teaching.

“The support from The College when new systems have been introduced has also been fantastic, which we could not appreciate more.”

Engineering apprenticeships have almost doubled in 2021 since last year and over 450 people have interviewed for placements, of which 90% are predicted to study in some capacity at Bournemouth & Poole College.

Compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, apprenticeships in engineering have seen a huge increase, with around 200 new starts and The College is still recruiting.

Additionally, The College has launched Boat Building and Aerospace apprenticeships due to supply and demand from Covid-19, with a scope to develop the Aerospace course into a degree. Marine apprenticeships are also attracting candidates from further afield such as Havant and Gosport and are still recruiting for these roles.

Students enrolling on full-time courses or apprenticeships will speak to one person from The College’s Business, Apprenticeships, Skills and Employability (BASE) Team who will get to know and understand their individual needs, helping students get the most out of their education and have a successful career way beyond their studying years.


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