Minister for Apprenticeships visits Gloucestershire College
PUBLISHED: 11:17 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 12 March 2018
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The Rt. Hon MP Anne Milton presents National Apprenticeship Award
Gloucestershire College marked National Apprenticeship Week and International Women’s Day with a VIP ceremony at its Gloucester campus when Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Anne Milton spoke to staff and apprentices. She presented the Further and Higher Education College with the prestigious award, alongside Ian Munro, Area Director for the Association of Colleges (AoC).
Following an in-depth submission and rigorous interviews and assessments as part of the shortlisting process, the College was awarded the AoC Beacon Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships due to its innovative apprenticeships programme.
The award judges were impressed by the success rates of GC’s apprenticeship provision, which is well above the national average, securing Gloucestershire College the enviable position as one of the leading providers in the South West. The College was also acknowledged for expanding the breadth of its apprenticeship provision and working responsively with local employers, the community, schools and business organisations.
The Minister for Apprenticeships presented the award to Trish Burton, Chair of Governors at Gloucestershire College. Anne Milton spoke of her respect and admiration for the College’s advances in their apprenticeship offering, and how they were leading the way nationally in their provision. “I was thrilled to meet apprentices at Gloucestershire College and to present the College with their well-deserved award for outstanding apprenticeship provision – they should be very proud. This National Apprenticeship Week I’ve travelled to Manchester, Leeds, London, York and Gloucester and have heard incredibly inspiring stories from businesses, providers and apprentices working across a huge range of sectors and at all levels. National Apprenticeship Week may be over for this year but every week needs to be about apprentices. We will continue to make sure everyone knows how amazing apprenticeships can be. Whatever your background and wherever you come from they change lives and change business for the better.”