College Leading The Way on International Apprenticeships

22 March 2018 | Apprentices, International Students

City College Plymouth is leading the way in the innovation and internationalisation of Apprenticeships with a new €250K talent programme.

With over thirty years of experience in delivering award-winning Apprenticeships, the College is spearheading a European partnership of Apprenticeship educators and private companies to design an innovative ‘talent programme’ for Higher Apprenticeships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sectors in order to stretch and challenge high-performing trainees.

The ‘European Apprenticeship Talent Programme’ (EATAP) is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ initiative and builds on the College’s experience of sharing best training practices across borders. Joining the College in this endeavour are training providers and companies who offer Apprenticeships from Germany, Austria and Lithuania, as well as representatives from Plymouth City Council.

Fiona Horrell, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the College, said: “Most people know that an Apprenticeship lets you ‘earn while you learn’ but not everyone realises the doors they can open for people to experience global markets. When the EATAP project team meet this summer in Germany, we will be looking at how best to promote this to potential apprentices, employers and training providers.”

This is just one of many European partnership projects in the College’s €650K portfolio which supports their students and staff in work experience and training opportunities across EU countries.

Fiona continued: “We currently have six different projects running and have just completed a bid for another €500K to expand this amazing offer for our students. Not only will this support more students to explore different cultures, it will also help them gain valuable work experience which will give them the edge in an increasingly global job market. Overall, students who participate in Erasmus programmes are not only more likely to be employed, but they are also more likely to secure management positions. On average, 64% of Erasmus students, compared to just 55% of their non-mobile peers hold such positions within ten years from graduation.”

Those interested in finding out more about Apprenticeships and the international opportunities available are advised to attend the College’s Open Day on Saturday 28 April from 10.00am to 1.00pm. For more information visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.

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