Hopwood Hall College offers up to 4,500 pounds to employ apprentices!
Training@Hopwood (The employer engagement arm of Hopwood Hall College) is currently offering employers incentives of £1,500 to recruit apprentices into existing teams. Employers can recruit up to 3 new apprentices under the incentive scheme.
The offer is available to employers with fewer than 250 employees, who have not recruited an apprentice in the previous three years. The apprentice must be between 16-24 years of age.
The aim from government is to get young people back into work, whilst supporting them in developing the skills they require for a successful career. The apprenticeship route via Hopwood Hall College offers an excellent boost to employers, improving the bottom line, competitiveness and overall cost effectiveness.
The apprenticeship team offer several training options to suite your business – We pride ourselves in having something for everyone in the workplace to meet all your training needs.
Apprentices can be new or existing employees between 16-64 years of age. The incentive is only on offer for those aged 16-24. We have more than 200 different apprenticeships available, including accounting, team leading, management and butchery.
So if you have job vacancies why not consider taking on an apprentice? We offer a free recruitment service – bringing you the best candidates. It's a great opportunity to give a young person a fantastic start to their career and give you the competitive edge. You can talk to one of the Apprentice team on 0161 654 4373.
Training@Hopwood is a major provider of bespoke training tailored to your needs, and your specifications either locally, on your premises or in the College.
Orchard Skills Centre official opening
Orchard Skills Centre on Drake Street, Rochdale was officially opened on 23rd February, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Keith Swift and Ms Sue Etchells.
Orchard Training Solutions; Hopwood Hall College’s Employer Engagement Arm developed the skills centre after the government launched the Response to Redundancy (R2R) initiative in mid 2009. The aim of the project is to help individuals who are unemployed or at risk of redundancy and make training available so they can broaden their skill range and increase their employability.
The College’s Vice-Principal for Finance & Corporate Services, John Spindler, and the College’s Vice-Principal for Skills, Dr O J Rahim, members of the College executive, local government representatives, partners, tutors and students attended.
The opening provided an opportunity for the many organisations who work with the skills centre to meet and celebrate the successes that the project has enjoyed so far.
Jane McAuley, R2R Project Co-ordinator said: “In just a short space of time since the skills centre opened in early November, we’ve already had learners who have completed training courses, secured job interviews and accepted job offers. In an area of high unemployment like Rochdale, this is a fantastic achievement.”
Siobhan Probert of Syke, a former hairdresser, had been unemployed for several months when she called in to the skills centre to enquire about the training opportunities available. Siobhan said: “The staff at the skills centre were friendly and really helpful. I wanted to get into office work and they put me on the office skills course followed by basic and intermediate IT. I got help updating my CV and was back in employment within 2 months of contacting them. I’d recommend anyone who is in my situation to contact the skills centre.”
Gym staff give their maths skills a workout!
Michelle Evans from The Ladies Only Gym Ltd, established 9 years ago to offer a friendly service to women looking to maintain a healthy life style, is someone who recognises the importance of investing in their staff.
Michelle was delighted to learn from Rochdale Town Centre Manager Debbie O’Brian that training opportunities were available free of charge through the employer engagement arm of Hopwood Hall College, Orchard Training Solutions.
It was identified that there was a need for her staff to improve some of their skills, and employees at the gym were keen to brush up on skills vital to their jobs such as maths.
Through consultation with Orchard Training Solutions, a bespoke training programme was designed to suit the needs of the staff. It was agreed that staff would work towards achieving a recognised qualification in numeracy. This covered their ability to make calculations required to target heart rates, use formulas to work out body mass index, work out costs of memberships and handle cash.
Numeracy tutor Emma Thornton arranged weekly sessions which took place at the gym, allowing minimum disruption to the business, and also provided work books that learners were able to take away and complete at home.
One learner Donna Law, commented that she used to shy away from maths classes at school, and since she has completed the course her overall confidence has increased, particularly when she helps her children with their homework. Donna said “Emma showed a great deal of understanding towards us and explained things really well. I would recommend to anyone to get more qualifications in Maths, and Orchard Training Solutions really offered us a great service.”
Other learners who achieved qualifications in Numeracy are Zoë Chaplin, Becky Richardson, Lois Darlington and Lauren Hamer. Lauren is still currently at school - she did her school work experience at the gym and was also offered the opportunity to get extra help with Maths which has encouraged her to do well with her GCSE in the subject next year.
All the learners agreed that they’d like to continue with further courses and are looking forward to seeing what they can do next.
Rochdale learner beats the recession
Orchard Training Solutions, the Employer Engagement Arm of Hopwood Hall College, has just had its first successful job outcome under the Response to Redundancy project.
The Orchard Skills Centre on Drake Street, Rochdale offers short courses to people who are unemployed, with the aim of helping them re-skill or refresh and learn about new vocations, as well as helping them boost their confidence with employability skills, advice and guidance.
Anthony Grant was recently referred to the Skills Centre where he initially had an Information, Advice and Guidance session with Natalie Davies. Natalie, one of the IAG Officers at the Skills Centre said: “Initially when Anthony came into the centre, he lacked confidence and motivation. After completing the Pathway to Office Skills course with tutor David Kari, he had a new-found enthusiasm and was keen to be booked onto another course.”
The following week Anthony went to the centre to enrol on his new course with news that he had secured a job interview. That interview was followed by news of a second stage interview and finally a formal job offer.
Anthony of Rochdale said “I can’t praise Orchard Skills Centre enough. The overall service was excellent from the way the tutor dealt with me and the other students, to the individual one to one guidance I received. It gave me such a lift during the two weeks I was there and really built my confidence. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
The staff at the centre all noticed a change in Anthony from the first time he walked in. Natalie remarked: “The transformation in Anthony was fantastic to see. He was so happy to have received his job offer and we are all really pleased that he has achieved such a positive outcome. It makes our job feel really worthwhile and we look forward to many more success stories like Anthony’s in the future.”
Car firms invest in apprentices
Rochdale based car dealerships Mitsubishi and Suzuki have invested in two local apprentices to work for their companies.
Kealey Atkinson and Chloe Doolan have recently undertaken a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration with the dealerships, which is assessed and verified by Hopwood Hall College.
The company has employed the two apprentices through Orchard Training Solutions, the Employer Engagement Arm of Hopwood Hall College. Previously unemployed, the two now work four days a week with the company and study one day at College.
Ms Atkinson, of Buxton Crescent, said: “This is a great opportunity to gain employment, access training and get paid. I enjoy coming to work and dealing with the public every day. The College environment is fun with clear structure and direction. The tutors are helpful and very friendly."
Ms Doolan, of Leach Street, who is based at Suzuki, said: “I’m looking forward to developing my skills through employment and the Modern Apprenticeship."
Employer Imi Ahmed commented: “Both Kealey and Chloe are real assets to the business. The future will see exceptional personal development and a fruitful career for both. The support from Orchard Training Solutions and Hopwood Hall College has been fantastic. They successfully sourced and delivered very high calibre people for our team. If interested in recruiting an apprentice I would highly recommend them. They will bring people to you – taking all the stress and expense away."
The “Smart” way to do business!
Hopwood Hall College has just taken delivery of its two brand new Smart cars.
Thanks from Boots
Jane McAuley, Implementation Co-ordinator at Boots UK Ltd recently wrote to Orchard Training Solutions’ Karen Humphreys to express Boots’ thanks over assistance in retraining their staff who were being made redundant.
Kelly Lawrie stars at Aimhigher Apprentices celebration evening!
Kelly Lawrie has just successfully completed the Young Apprenticeship Programme. She is an ‘outstanding’ learner. All her work is completed to the very highest standard and she achieved a ‘Distinction’ grade overall for the course, which equates to 5 GCSEs at grade B, highest award achievable.
Out of over 500 Young Apprentices entered for the Young Apprentice competition last year, Kelly came 2nd! She has worked with Habia (Hairdressing & Beauty sector skills) Skills Team in London. Above all, she is a truly lovely young lady who will succeed in all she attempts, a learner who is a pleasure to teach and be part of our group.
Volunteer Event Success
On June 5th, Orchard Training Solutions attended the “Getting the Best from Your Volunteers” event at CVS Rochdale. They spoke to Volunteer Co-ordinators from across the borough about training opportunities available from themselves and their volunteers.
On Tuesday 14th October, It was the official opening of the Council for Voluntary Service at Partnership House which is now their new home. The Business Development Unit are currently working with the CVS Chief Executive Kathy Shaw and Finn Jenson her colleague, delivering training to employees of CVS and to volunteers.