National Apprenticeship Week – Positive Impact

National Apprenticeship Week – Positive Impact

Apprenticeships have a proven positive impact on both employers and apprentices


Apprenticeships are not only crucial to the development of a young professional – they also offer a unique opportunity for businesses to bring in a one of a kind recruit.

At Coventry College, we deal with around 700 companies in the Coventry and Warwickshire area and are always keen to meet more.

We offer an ever-expanding programme of more than 70 different apprenticeships, ranging from Property Maintenance & Teaching Assistant.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week Louise Sheepy, Deputy General Manager at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth – Warwick spoke about the positives their apprentice Thomas Squire has brought to the team.

Thomas started his apprenticeship at the hotel in November 2017, taking on all manner of kitchen jobs to ensure guests are treated to a fine dining experience during their stay.

Louise said: “We have a great relationship with Coventry College and Thomas has been an exceptional addition to our team.

“He is hard working, committed and focused.

“Apprenticeships are so crucial to building up a young person’s confidence and we have clearly seen that with Thomas.

“He has grown into the role and I look forward to seeing his continued growth as part of our team.

“As a business, it is so important to invest in the future and bringing in an apprentice is the perfect way to do that.”

At Coventry College, our assessors go out to our apprentice’s workplace to catch-up with them, which is something Louise believes is a major bonus.

She said: “I think for me, that is the best thing about working with Coventry College.

“The fact their assessors come out to visit the apprentice means we don’t lose them for a valuable amount of time and it also helps build their confidence, it shows they are settled in and lets them really show off the improvements they have made.”

Apprenticeships were once the preferred recruitment model for many local employers in traditional industries like motor engineering, construction and manufacturing.

Today, apprenticeships are very popular in more diversified, high growth sectors like Information Technology, Financial Service and Health care.

And it’s a myth that apprenticeships are just for young school leavers moving into entry level roles.

We’ve worked with a number of local businesses, moving their employed staff into apprenticeships that fill skills gaps, providing the opportunity to retool, learn new skills, and remain employable in today’s changing economy.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we will be posting a new story every day, highlighting our work to ensure those who want to try an apprenticeship are in good hands. Read more here.

To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week, please click here.