College takes to the road during National Apprenticeship Week

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) will be taking to the road next week to promote their apprenticeship programmes from a yellow classic American school bus.

From Monday 14th March to Friday 18th March, staff from NULC will be visiting a number of local high schools, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and the city centre, to promote their apprenticeship programmes to young people as a viable post-16 education option.

In its ninth year running, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.  The key themes for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 are: ‘An apprenticeship can take you anywhere’, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can ‘rise to the top’ through traineeships and apprenticeships.

The College will be visiting a number of local high schools and school sixth forms throughout the week including St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy in Blurton, Alleyne’s Academy in Stone and Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter.

Apprenticeship staff from the College will also be visiting City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College from 9.30am to 12pm on Wednesday 16th March and Tontine Square in Hanley from 10am to 4.30pm on Thursday 17th March.

At each location, existing NULC staff will be providing course advice to anyone interested in studying an apprenticeship.  They will be joined by current NULC apprentices who will be on hand to speak to students considering an apprenticeship, providing insight on their own experience of being an apprentice.  There will also be the opportunity for students to participate in team building exercises, browse current NULC apprenticeship vacancies and view video case-studies from apprentices working in design, engineering, care and business administration roles.  All visitors will be provided with informative literature and a goodie-bag.

The College will be conducting their week-long Apprenticeship Roadshow from a classic American school bus. The interior of the 39ft eye-catching vehicle has been fully refurbished and boasts a comfortable lounge, kitchen, central heating and W/C facilities.

Carl Riding, Head of Employer Engagement and Training at NULC, said: “We hired the bus for National Apprenticeships Week because we wanted to create a buzz around Apprenticeships amongst our target audience. We’re really happy that so many schools and sixth forms have welcomed us along to provide advice and information on apprenticeships. It’s going to be a busy week as we have a full schedule but I know the team are really looking forward to it.”

The College currently works with a range of employers from a number of different industries including Health and Social Care, Childcare, Business and Administration, Construction, Engineering, Motor Vehicle and more.  Key employer partners include ABB, Siemens, Hanley Economic Building Society, Alstom, Keele University, Knights Solicitors and many more.

Anyone wanting to find out more about studying an apprenticeship at NULC are encouraged to visit their bus in Tontine Square, Hanley, on Thursday 17th March. Alternatively, visit, call 01782 254254 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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