Exeter College To Launch New Apprenticeship And Employment Hub
The Exeter College Apprenticeship team are launching its new Queen Street Apprenticeship and Employment Hub on Monday 25th February with a lunch time celebration and official opening by special guest David Ralph, CEO of Heart of the South West LEP.
The move comes following five years of continued growth and expansion of its provision and its dedicated apprenticeship team. During that period, the college has seen the numbers starting apprenticeships double to over a 1000 per year. The unique facility is available to both students and employers, which includes a walk-in clinic and state-of-the-art learning space.
Exeter College hopes that the new city centre location will encourage more people to come in and talk about their career aspirations and how an apprenticeship could help them either onto the career ladder or progress in their current role. Services for potential apprentices include CV making, interview advice and apprenticeship job search.
The Apprenticeship team has forged partnerships with over 950 local businesses, who form the backbone of its offering. The new hub will enable the college to further bolster the first class support it offers employers, providing training needs analysis, levy health check, and recruitment advice; from copywriting for a vacancy and marketing the role, to matching students. The college is currently the second best FE college in the country for employer satisfaction, scoring 99% in the Education and Skills Funding Agency annual survey. This is the third year in succession that it has been in the top 10.
The rise in apprentice starts has no doubt been aided by the expansion of programmes on offer; with over 90 course options and the recent launch of advanced and higher level management, HR, Digital, data analyst, project management and laboratory technician.
The launch event will celebrate the college’s current apprentices, with ambassadors from advanced and higher programmes such as digital marketing, data analyst, lab tech and care, who will be able to share their real-life experience with visitors. Also in attendance will be representatives from key employers and stakeholders in the local community.