In celebration of National Apprenticeships Week, Brooksby Melton College is opening the doors of its Rural Catering Centre for an Apprenticeship Open Event on Tuesday 5th March.
The event, which will be held from 12 - 7pm at the BMC Rural Catering Centre (Melton Mowbray Campus), aims to provide information and guidance for both potential students and employers who are keen to find out more about the many and varied benefits of apprenticeships and work-based learning.
Teaching staff will be available to talk about apprenticeships in a variety of sectors including Agriculture, Animal Care, Catering and Hospitality, Early Years, Construction and Joinery, Equine, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Land-Based Engineering and Motor Vehicle Engineering. Representatives will also be available to discuss full-time courses, short courses and distance learning.
Elizabeth Briars, current BMC Lecturer and former Level 2 Supporting Teaching student, is keen to promote the value of work-based learning as it helped her to achieve her career ambition: 'After 15 years of working as a nurse, I chose to leave the profession to care for my family. I then decided to gain employment at my local primary school as a teaching assistant. A friend recommended BMC as a place where I could study my Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification. I was extremely nervous about returning to studying, as it had been a long time since I had written any assignments. However, my BMC Training Officer was fantastic and guided me through the course with lots of support and advice.
After completing the course my responsibilities at the school increased and I found myself looking for a new challenge. When I saw an advert for a role at BMC, I immediately applied for the position as I'd had such a fantastic experience there whilst studying my Level 2 qualification.
After successfully gaining employment as a Training Officer in Distance Learning, I had the opportunity to further my education and embark on a teacher training qualification. I am now completing my PGCE at BMC whilst employed as a Health and Social Care Lecturer, which has allowed me to further my education and enhance my teaching skills. If it hadn't been for my BMC Training Officer encouraging me through my initial Level 2 course, I would never have reached the position I am in today. I will be forever grateful to her and to BMC for allowing me to achieve my lifelong ambition.'
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for students to earn while they learn, gain hands-on experience in the workplace and start a rewarding career in an industry that they're passionate about. For employers, hiring an apprentice could reduce costs whilst supporting growth, increasing productivity and introducing new skills to the workforce.
For more information about the BMC Apprenticeships Open Event, visit www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk/apprenticeship-open-event.