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National Apprenticeship Week

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Apprenticeships – A path to university

Apprenticeships are commonly seen as alternative pathways to Higher Education, a vocational route for those looking to get onto the career ladder and learn and progress through an organisational structure. Whilst the Apprenticeship programme can develop vital work skills for its participants it can also be a prime opportunity for some learners to gain experience and qualifications in their career choice, before progressing onto university courses.

Apprenticeship programmes are recognised by universities, and often carry a UCAS points value. The National Apprenticeship Service is working closely with UCAS to extend this to a wider range of qualifications which can count towards a university application. As a result of this, a number of applicants to universities now have a full Level 2 and/or Level 3 Apprenticeship framework to their name.

The Apprenticeship to Higher Education Progression Chart

Summers Covington (a former pupil at Sir John Nelthorpe School) joined SouthBank Training in August 2010 to complete her Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.
After studying for her A-Levels at John Leggott College, Summers joined the Apprenticeship programme to gain valuable experience and vocational skills before applying to University. Summers gained work experience on placement at both North Lincolnshire Council and front of house at the SouthBank Training Ltd Scunthorpe office. A determined Summers completed her full Apprenticeship framework on 23rd February 2011.
Using her achievements to boost her UCAS points, Summers decided to apply for university, securing a place at Birmingham City University. Summers is now working towards her BA (hons) in English and Media at Birmingham.

Congratulations Summers on all your success

Emily is a cut above the rest with hairdressing success

Emily Reed, a former pupil at Frederick Gough School was keen to pursue a career in hairdressing.  After undertaking her school work experience in a local hairdressing salon, Emily applied to do an Apprenticeship in hairdressing with Kieran Mullin Salons.

Before Emily commenced her Apprenticeship, she developed her skills and experience through the Ambitions programme.  Achieving her Level 1 NVQ in hairdressing and Level 1 Certificate in Adult Numeracy, provided her with the ideal stepping stone for the Apprenticeship Programme with Kieran Mullin/ KM Training.

 “I am happy that I have achieved my qualifications.  The qualifications have helped me complete my goal of pursuing my career with Kieran Mullin.”

Well done Emily for achieving your goals and ambitions.

Spotlight on the Employer: Fire Protection Centre

The 7th February marked the start of Apprenticeship Week 2011 a national event organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).  Apprentices, employers, training providers and all stakeholders involved with Apprenticeship programmes are staging regional events to celebrate and promote the skills and talents developed through Apprenticeships and the value they add to successful businesses.

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Fire Protection Centre Limited based on Atkinsons Way on the Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe is one North Lincolnshire Company that needs no convincing of the benefits vocational apprenticeships can bring. The Company has embraced the concept for several years employing local young people who with the help of external training agencies are provided both formal and on the job training to acquire the specialist skills and qualifications required to support the Company’s growth and ongoing diversification into online trading.

Fire Protection Centre has benefitted from the Apprenticeship scheme and within the last 12 months, Emily Thackerey, a Business Administration Apprentice (pictured left) has successfully passed her Level 2 framework with SouthBank Training Ltd.  Emily has now been given a permanent position as a Sales Administrator and is now working towards her Level 3 Advance Apprenticeship.

Fire Protection Centre has come a long way since it began trading in 1999. Its core business is as a stockist and distributor of Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Control Devices and flow control products. Fire Protection Centre is now firmly established as one of the largest independent suppliers of these products to the UK and Ireland.

In addition to serving this traditional trade market the Company also recognised the need to move with the times and 2 years ago, utilising its expertise in fire safety, launched its first Internet e-commerce website Fire and Safety Centre offering a comprehensive range of fire safety and prevention products to both business and domestic end users.

Fire Protection Centre’s Managing Director Barrie Holden has a clear vision for the company and its future.

“ As a business we recognised some 2 years ago that to we had to move with the times and diversify our business interests. Implementing this strategy has enabled us to both safeguard existing jobs and increase employment in the local area despite the difficult economic conditions and the impact of the recession. With the support of a first class workforce we have made considerable progress in achieving our strategy of establishing a sustainable online business model focused on offering comprehensive product solutions for the fire protection, safety and security of life and property in the workplace, at home and at leisure. We will continue to look for further market
opportunities that fit the profile established under the Supply Centre Network umbrella to ensure our continued growth.”

For further information on the Fire Protection Centre visit www.thesupplycentre.co.uk or contact Barrie Holden – 01724 854199

Apprenticeships lead to a Career in Care for Ben

Ben Metcalfe went from school to college where he completed the first year of a three year course in music. He then made the decision it was not for him. Like many 16 year old young people, he was not sure what career path he wanted to take, however he did know he wanted to do something useful with his life. With the help of his Mother he set out knocking on doors of companies and whilst doing so stopped outside Althorpe Care Home, where he noticed a lady gardening, he approached her and asked for the name of the Care Home Manager and was surprised to be told that she was the Manager. Ben asked if there was any volunteering work he could do, the Manager was not an advocate of volunteering, therefore she gave him a company application form to complete, and this was the commencement of a career path he had never even considered.

Ben started by assisting with serving drinks to the care home clients, he shadowed qualified staff familiarising himself with the requirements of a career in care. Once he felt comfortable with the processes of the home, he decided he wanted to learn more to enable him to help the clients. Once the Manager realised his commitment and potential, Ben commenced a thorough 12 week induction, which allowed him to assist in a more hands on way, whilst doing so he received support and encouragement from all the staff and managers of the home, which made him feel comfortable and part of the dedicated team. Ben did sometimes have doubts about how he would react when providing personal care to adults, but his doubts were soon put to one side when he realised how rewarding a career in care was, he became very comfortable with the clients.

In December 2010, after nearly two years of working at Althorpe Residential Care Home, he approached his Manager about doing a National Vocational Qualification in Care through an Apprenticeship programme; she supported him and told him to find a Training Company that could deliver the NVQ. Ben asked a friend who she would recommend for him to train with and was referred to SouthBank Training Limited. Ben is now engaged in a full framework where he is working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care, increasing his Maths and English grades and completing a Technical Certificate.

Ben has just celebrated his eighteenth birthday and he now knows the direction he wants to take and is looking forward to a future career in care. He wants to progress into a Clinical Manager’s role, hands on in a Care Home and with the excellent support he is receiving from Althorpe Care Home and SouthBank Training Limited, he is on his way to realising his goal.

Well done and good luck Ben.

HBP Systems Recognised as part of National Apprenticeships Week 2011

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2011 SouthBank Training Ltd have presented IT specialists HBP Systems Ltd of Scunthorpe with an award that recognises their work with apprentices and young people within the workplace. There have been 14 awards given by SouthBank to businesses across North and North East Lincolnshire this week, each of whom have displayed a high level of commitment and support to the training and development of apprentices.

HBP Systems Ltd have a very successful track record of not only training apprentices to successfully complete their chosen qualifications but also in placing them in employment at the end of their placements. As part of National Apprenticeship Week Simon Merchant and Carol Leggett visited HBP’s offices on Woodhouse Road to present the award to Tony Pearson, Technical Director, who was joined by four members of staff who all began their working careers with HBP Systems Ltd.

Matthew Billington is the latest apprentice to join HBP and is currently working in the IT Service Team assisting the engineers with their daily tasks when fixing IT issues for customers. Matthew will no doubt be encouraged by the success of other apprentices within the company including Roger Brown who recently progressed from the same position into the IT installations team and is currently studying to become a fully qualified IT engineer.

More success stories in the company are easy to find and Joanne Hill is a perfect example. Joanne started with HBP at the age of 16 working on reception and following a steady rise through the company now finds herself as Managing Director. Katie Maud also successfully completed her apprenticeship with HBP and last year was promoted to Accounts Supervisor and Gemma Place has worked her way from a role on reception to her current role as Technical Services Administrator.

Carol Leggett, Recruitment Manager at SouthBank, praised HBP’s approach to apprenticeships,

“HBP has always been a great place to send young people to work. The training and support given by the Managers and Directors at HBP is fantastic and the success rate of apprentices both passing their exams and finding full time employment is very high. The award given to HBP today recognises this achievement.”

For more details about apprenticeships with SouthBank Training Ltd please visit www.southbanktraining.co.uk and to find out more about the business IT services offered by HBP Systems Ltd please visit www.hbpsystems.co.uk

Success Stories: Adam Guy

Adam first contacted SouthBank Training Ltd in April 2009 looking for the opportunity to increase his confidence levels and boost his employability.  He commenced his Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, initially gaining work experience with local companies.  Adam soon progressed and at the latter end of 2009 gained a position at PD Port Services as a Freight Forwarding Clerk.  Adam completed his Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in April 2010 and commenced an Advanced Apprenticeship in IT users with SouthBank Training Ltd in June 2010.


Whilst undertaking his Apprenticeship, Adam gained a new confidence which in turn has increased his personal self esteem and self worth.  The Apprenticeship has given him the knowledge and skills to progress within the workplace.

“I wanted to increase the number of qualifications I had to make myself more employable.  I also wanted to improve my confidence and experience a working environment.  The Apprenticeship offers people a variety of skills and opportunity to meet a diverse group of people and make new friends.”


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North Lincolnshire

DN15 7JU

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