Colleges ‘Make an Impact’ with National Apprenticeship Week Celebrations

St Helens and Knowsley Community College is busy preparing for a jam-packed week of exciting activities in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

From Monday 3rd February to Sunday 9th February, we will be celebrating the outstanding successes of our current apprentices whilst promoting apprenticeship opportunities to young people and demonstrating how employers can benefit from employing an apprentice.

National Apprenticeship Week will launch with the School Liaison Team conducting a range of insightful apprenticeship information sessions to young people at several schools across the borough, sharing CV tips and guidance on how to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies. In addition to this, St Helens College will be hosting an Apprenticeship Open Event to provide young people and parents with the opportunity to gain key information about the types of apprenticeships available, current live vacancies and how to apply. Housing Development Company, Gleeson Homes will also be in attendance during the event to facilitate an informative Q&A session.

In addition to planned activities, some of our talented and skilled apprentices will feature in a week-long social media campaign to inspire and encourage others to ‘look beyond’ the common misconceptions of apprenticeships and to ‘fire up’ their future career.

One of our featured apprentices, Oliver studied the level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Knowsley Community College before securing an impressive level 3 apprenticeship with established manufacturer, Beverston Engineering.

The engineering apprentice said, “I work on various high performance Mazak machinery across the workshop, manufacturing Rolls Royce engine components. I am responsible for making sure each high precision part is accurate to within a 1000th of a millimetre.”

He added, “My apprenticeship has provided me with invaluable work experience and the opportunity to learn outside of a classroom, as I get to make products for a pioneering aerospace company.”

Currently offering apprenticeships in over 20 different sectors, ranging from engineering, science and health to business, hairdressing and beauty, both Colleges have many apprentices with high profile employers; including NHS, CAL International, Riverdale Global, Beverston Engineering and Gleeson Homes.

For more information about becoming an apprentice, drop in to our Apprenticeship Open Event on Wednesday 26th February, from 5.00pm – 7.30pm at our Main Campus and IAMTech Campus. For more information about employing an apprentice, visit