National Apprenticeship Week - Thames Valley

6 February 2012, 12:00 | Updated: 6 February 2012, 13:01

Find out what's going on in the Thames Valley for National Apprenticeship Week.

It's the fifth annual Apprenticeship Week. With events happening around the country we rounded up what's going on in the Thames Valley and North Hampshire.

ATG Training – Wednesday 8 February 2012

AGT Training will be hosting a free Electronics Taster Session on Wednesday 8 February 2012 from 1.30pm to 4pm at The Future Centre, Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 8SZ. The session will include; a tour of the facilities and explanation of all their Engineering Apprenticeships; a practical Electronics session; and guidance on how to apply for Engineering Apprenticeships.

For more information contact Alex Gates.

Amersham and Wycombe College – Tuesday 7 February 2012

Amersham and Wycombe College will be holding two events during Apprenticeship Week 2012; the first is a “Meet the Team” for our employers. The second event will be a Celebration event held at the Crowne Plaza Marlow. Steve Baker, MP for High Wycombe will be attending.

For more information contact Nikki Collier.

Aylesbury College – Tuesday 7 February 2012

Aylesbury College is inviting employers to explore the benefits of employing an Apprentice and access information on the Employer responsibilities and process involved. The evening (18.00 - 20.00) will provide networking opportunities over refreshments, informative presentations and individual discussions with the College Work Based Learning Team.

For more information contact Maureen Codd.

Aylesbury College – Thursday 9 February 2012

Aylesbury College will be showcasing their Apprenticeship Programme by offering viewing of operational Classrooms, Workshops, Salons and Training Kitchens, short presentations and individual Initial Advice and Guidance sessions with members of the Aylesbury College Work Based Learning Team.

For more information contact Maureen Codd.

Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) – Tuesday 7 February 2012

This is an opportunity to meet the BCoT dedicated Training Consultants and explore the many Apprenticeships BCoT is able to offer. In addition there will be a selection of employers who offer Apprenticeships and will be available to speak to visitors. Visitors will have an opportunity to find out what is needed to access an Apprenticeship. Find out about Engineering, Automotive, Construction, Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty, Hospitality, Advanced Creative and Digital Media, Accountancy, Business Admin, Customer Service, Management, Health & Social Care, Supporting Teaching & Learning, and many more.

For more information contact Monica Lubbock-Smith

Bracknell and Wokingham College:

- Thursday 31 January 2012

- Saturday 4 February 2012

- Wednesday 1 February 2012

- Tuesday 7 February 2012

- Monday 6 February 2012

- Friday 10 February 2012

Open Event is deliberately timed to coincide with the following Apprenticeship Week and is focused heavily on Apprenticeships. The event will include 3 formal presentations on Apprenticeships with follow up discussions with Training Advisors.

For more information contact John Hawskley.

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning – Monday 6 February 2012 – Wednesday 8 February 2012

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning will be holding a Business Breakfast at Millbrook Combined School, High Wycombe. Employer can find out more information on how Apprenticeship programmes can benefit their business over a continental breakfast. Buckinghamshire Adult Learning can help employer find the right apprentice and support them with flexible training in the workplace.

For more information contact Susan Walford.

Buckinghamshire Business First - Wednesday 8 February 2012

Buckinghamshire Business First are hosting a business session on Wednesday 8th February between 17.00 - 19.00 in the Woodlands Suite at Adams Park Conference, High Wycombe at which employers will learn all they need to know to find willing apprentices.  The event is specifically designed for companies who would like to know more about securing young talent for graduate trainees, new Apprenticeships and temporary work placements.  Local learning providers will be on hand to talk to employers about they can support them and their apprentice.  To reserve your place please click here.

Chiltern Training - Monday 6 February 2012

Reading West’s MP Alok Sharma will be joining Chiltern Training to ‘Be an Apprentice for the Day’. He will experience a day in the life of a Chiltern pprentice at Norcot Nursery. Chiltern Training will be holding an Open Day on Tuesday 7th February at Chiltern Training Ltd, Alexander House, Fleming Way, SN1 2NG, from 11:30am – 6pm, followed by one on Wednesday 8th February at Chiltern Training Ltd, 15 Station Road, Reading, RG1 1LG from 11:30am – 6pm. Attendees will go away with an understanding of what Apprenticeships in Childcare or Business and Administration can lead to, what they can expect from the course and how to apply.

For more information contact Josie Ballard.

East Berkshire College – Tuesday 7 February 2012

East Berkshire College is holding a special breakfast event for businesses on Tuesday 7 February 2012 at 8am-10am at its Langley Campus. The Business Breakfast will provide employers with everything they need to know about apprenticeships, from details on the new range of Apprenticeship courses to accessing the latest funding and recruitment. Employers can discover how apprentices can benefit their business, network with other companies, tour the facilities and hear from guest speakers.

For more information contact Suki Bhogal.

East Berskshire College - Wednesday 8 February 2012

East Berkshire College is holding an Apprenticeship Opportunities event - ‘You’re Hired’ for individuals at East Berkshire College, Langley Campus, Station Road, Langley, Berkshire SL3 8BY between 16.00 - 19.00.

The event is designed to raise awareness of the new range of workplace training courses offered by the College. You will be able to meet tutors and discuss career options, apply for Apprenticeship opportunities with employers and gain help with your next steps.

For more information contact Daljit Bains or Call 0845 373 2500.

Grow Our Own - Wednesday 8 February 2012

Grow Our Own and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead invite you to attend the Alternative University on Wednesday 8 February 2012 at the Town Hall, Maidenhead from 9.30am. The Alternative University is a chance for Employers, Students and Job Seekers alike to get their questions answered about the options available to them locally and what Apprenticeships are all about. Talk to employers who are recruiting, join in one of the panel discussions or add your knowledge to the Interactive Q&A boards. Attend a skills workshop or try out your skills with a mock-interview with a real employer.

For more information contact Fiona Jones.

Inglewood Day Nursery and Training College – Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February 2012

Inglewood Day Nursery and Training College will be inviting a senior director to get “back to the floor” and shadow one of their childcare apprentices for the day. They will get a real insight to the role of an apprentice as well as having the opportunity to look after children aged 3months – 5years. They will get involved in all sorts of activities including getting messy with painting activities, reading stories, meeting parents, playing with the children in the garden providing meals, feeding bottles – the list is endless!

For more information contact Sarah Creech.

Jobcentre Plus Aylesbury - Monday 6 - Friday 10 February 2012

Information Advice centre in Aylesbury (Hayle Leys Shopping Centre) between 9.00 - 16.00 will be speaking to the public who have enquiries, Banners and Flyers plus any other handouts on Apprenticeships will be available.

For more information contact Irena Wolska - Trusler.

Jobcentre Plus Bracknell – Friday 10 February 2012

‘Get Working with Apprenticeships’ - Jobcentre Plus is holding an event for both local employers and jobseekers at Bracknell Jobcentre on Friday 10th February 2pm to 4pm. At this event employers and jobseekers will be able to meet representatives from the National Apprenticeship Service, Bracknell & Wokingham College and Jobcentre Plus. Come along to find out why Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to recruit new people with great potential, and a fantastic way for jobseekers to start an exciting new career. Networking opportunities will exist for employers with existing Apprenticeship vacancies and jobseekers looking for Apprenticeships.

For more information contact Geoff Bush.

The National Apprenticeship Service - Thursday 9 February 2012

To start there will be a business breakfast which is followed by the Apprenticeship/Skills Jobs Fair. At 11.00 there will be a support work and business event until 12.00. At certain times throughout the day Students, prospective apprentices and employers will have the chance to have drop in sessions of ‘meet the apprentice- a positive career choice’. There will also be an opportunity for questions and a briefing for higher apprenticeships in engineering. Lastly for parents, carers and prospective apprentices there will be a presentation on ‘understanding apprenticeships’.

For more information contact Terry Chappell.

O2 Telefonica – Thursday 9 February 2012

O2 Telefonica are hosting an employer engagement event on Thursday 9 February for local businesses (14.30 -16.30) to raise awareness of apprenticeships and to share good practice with other likeminded businesses who have a passion for developing young people.

For more information contact Nancy Lalor.

Reading College – Saturday 4 February 2012

Reading College will have a promotional stand at Asda. This is the first event to be delivered by Reading College during National Apprenticeship week. The stand will give students, parents and employers the opportunity to understand the benefits of the Apprenticeship route and understand the facilities the college has, and the occupational and vocational areas that they cover.

For more information contact Erica Thompson or Helen Townsend.

Reading College – Wednesday 8 February 2012

Reading College will host an open evening (18.00 - 20.30) for local employers for the first time this year for them to promote their company, interact with students and discuss opportunities for Apprenticeships and other vacancies, including work experience. This is a highly popular event, attracting students and their parents who are looking for a wide spectrum of employment opportunities in the region.

For more information contact Helen Townsend.

Reading College - Wednesday 8 February 2012

This is an exciting opportunity to see the facilities and meet the staff and students at Reading College, as well as have breakfast and get a chance to see how an Apprenticship will benefit your company. The event is at Reading College, Kings Road, Reading, Berks RG1 4HJ between 8.00 - 10.00

For more information contact Helen Townsend.

Royal Air Force Apprenticeship Management Team - Monday 6 February 2012

The Royal Air Force is holding their own RAF Apprentice of the Year Awards on 6 February at RAF High Wycombe to celebrate the achievements of ‘Top-Gun’ Apprentices. This year’s awards are particularly special as they are celebrating 90 years of RAF Apprenticeships.

For more information contact Rick Seager.

SSE – Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2012

The objective is to bring in 100 schoolchildren from the Berkshire area into SSE over five days, and to give them a flavour of what a career within the groups various business areas will look like. Sessions have been set up that will be hands on activities with the businesses that are highly populated in the Berkshire area.

SSE will be running 6 sessions over the day, and all the activities will be run by apprentices from their own business areas, as well as this Jennifer Zielinski will be having workshops with the teachers each day to discuss the qualifications that the school children require, to have a career within the energy Sector, Jennifer will also discuss with the teachers the development opportunities that are available within SSE once anyone has joined the company.

For more information contact Gary Hamilton.

Thatcham Research Centre - Wednesday 8 February 2012

To mark National Apprentice Week, Thatcham are opening the doors of their state of the art Apprentice Academy in Berkshire to young people and employers. This is an informal day where, following a short welcome and introduction, guests will be invited to look around the Thatcham Academy facilities at their own leisure. All visitors will get to see Thatcham apprentices in action in this highly technical training environment and will gain an understanding of the challenges facing modern vehicle repairers and the industry opportunities for young people.

For more information click here.

The Institute Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) – Wednesday 8 February 2012

Telecom employers are invited to ITP’s Apprentice workshop at the Hilton Bracknell (09:00-13:00), where The ITP will look at ways it can work with employers to develop a new apprenticeship scheme for the Telecoms Industry. The event offers a unique opportunity for employers not only to make their voice heard and to share their views on apprenticeships, but also to network with other telecoms professionals. It will be hosted by Lucy Woods, ITP Chairman, and CEO Ann Potterton.

For more information contact Katie Bland.

West Berkshire Training Consortium - Tuesday 7 February 2012

West Berkshire Training Consortium is holding a high profile open day on 7 Febraury 2012 at Consortium House, 7 Cheap Street, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5DD between 11.00 - 18.30 at its head office in Newbury. The OPEN DAY will provide advice and guidance for people seeking an employed Apprenticeship.

For more information contact Natalie Austin.

Wokingham Borough Council - Tuesday 7 February 2012

Wokingham Apprenticeship/Training Fair will provide an opportunity for young people and their parents to meet local employers, colleges and training providers and talk to them directly about apprenticeships as a route to employment. There will be business representatives from a wide range of employment sectors: hospitality, business and administration, construction, engineering, retail, health and social care.

For more information contact Gillian Waller.