Expanding apprenticeship delivery in the Peterborough

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Over the past 12 months, Peterborough Regional College has continued to expand on its delivery of apprenticeships within Peterborough and the East of England as a whole. In recognition of their work in apprenticeships, the college has also recently been awarded an increase of 21% in its Government funding.

One valued customer of the college is Peterborough based Specsavers, who have one of the largest Specsavers branches in the UK.

Jess Sheffield (18) is typical of the apprentices that Specsavers employ. Key qualities that the company looks for when hiring a candidate are knowledge about the job and an enthusiasm to work for a successful Peterborough based business.

Jess knew that she wanted to work in retail before she even left school, and applied for 3 jobs via the National Apprenticeships Service Vacancy website. She had already done her homework and knew that the best company to work for in the city was Specsavers.

After attending for interview, Jess so impressed the interview panel with her researched knowledge about the business that they offered her the job.

Charlotte Andrews, the In-Store Trainer for 5 apprentices at Specsavers said of their apprenticeship programme says,

“Apprentices have made a massive impact on our business as a whole. With the right training, the apprentices also provide added value to the business very quickly”.

Roderick Sutherland, Assistant Principal of Apprenticeship and Employer Engagement at Peterborough Regional College said of the work with Specsavers,

“We enjoy working with supportive employers in Peterborough. It is important for supervisors to mentor apprentices within the workplace, as this, combined with their academic studies, will help to develop the apprentice as a positive asset to any business that employs them”.

For more information on hiring apprentices or becoming an apprentice, contact Peterborough Regional College on 01733-762121.