Royton and Crompton Academy hold inaugural Apprenticeship Evening

Date published: 24 April 2024

E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy have held their first Apprenticeship Evening. 

A talk was delivered by a representative from the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and students and their families then had the opportunity to meet and talk with different providers and employers, including Oldham College, Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale Training, the Department for Work and Pensions, the British Army, the Royal Navy, Pennine NHS and Barlows Electrics.

Apprenticeships in England are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England, and take between one and six years to complete.  

They are paid jobs which incorporate on and off the job training.

Apprentices have the same rights as other employees and are entitled to be paid at least the apprentice rate of the national minimum wage. 

In the 2022/23 academic year, there were 752,150 people participating in an apprenticeship in England.

Student and parent comments on the evening were positive, with all finding the evening useful. 

Providers said that the students were inquisitive and interested to find out more about their future options - feedback from Oldham College was that the event was 'Organised, well planned and staff and students were brilliant' and the Navy commented that they 'Spoke to lots of lovely children and parents and look forward to returning!'

Andrea Atkinson, Headteacher at E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy, said: “I am so pleased that our first Apprenticeship Evening was such a success. 

"At Royton and Crompton, we want our students to have access to the most up to date information about what apprenticeships are, what career areas are available and how to apply as well.”

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