Apprenriceship Week

Tameside Council’s annual Careers and Apprenticeships Exhibition took place on 22nd June 2017 at Stalybridge Civic Hall. The Council’s Employment and Skills Team organised a ‘have-a-go’ event for Year 9 and 10 students from Secondary schools across the borough and is designed to support schools in delivering effective Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

With around 1,000 pupils from 13 Tameside schools attending the exhibition throughout the day, Stalybridge Civic Hall was thriving with youth and enthusiasm.

A total of 39 exhibition stands including TMBC’s very own Engineering Team (Mason Paviour), allowed pupils to engage with various businesses and learning providers to discuss their future education and career pathways. Other exhibitors with activities at the event were Greater Manchester Police, National Health Service, Cogent Skills, Purple Wi-Fi, Juice Academy and our local training providers Tameside College, Clarendon Sixth Form and Ashton Sixth Form.

All the interactive activities delivered throughout the day succeeded in engaging pupils in areas they may have not taken an interest in prior to the event. Pupils took part in; block paving with TMBC Engineering, ‘Your STEM Choice’s’ decision-making activity with Cogent Skills, Virtual Welding with Tameside College, trying on riot gear with Greater Manchester Police and, with thanks to Haywill Animal Rescue showing animal care and veterinary roles, there was an appearance from the lovable duo of a therapy Chihuahua and an Albino Hedgehog much to the delight of the pupils (and adults)!

With the support of Council volunteers and Student Ambassadors from Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form, the event was a great success!

Is your business is interested in supporting Tameside Council in future exhibitions? Would you like to engage with young people from the borough regarding their future careers and apprenticeship pathways? Please contact Kieran Hemmings on 0161 342 3111 or to express your interest.


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Ashton College
As One
Cogetn Skills
GM Higher
The Juice Academy
Micael John
New Charter
Oldham College
Pennine Care
Positive Steps
Royal Navy
The Skills Company
St John Ambulance
Tameside College


Tameside College Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2017

Tameside College celebrated their Annual Apprenticeship Awards on 1st March 2017 to launch National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprentices were nominated by their teachers for their outstanding performances and achievements during their apprenticeships. Jackie Moores, Principal of Tameside College, said: “We are justifiably very proud of all of our apprentices, including the award winners who combine full-time work alongside study. They are our future business owners, designers, leaders, managers and engineers and I am delighted with their success. Apprentices make a significant contribution to the Greater Manchester economy and fill much needed vacancies locally and further afield. We work with fantastic employers who invest heavily in their apprentice’s training at work. A high quality apprenticeship is a very positive outcome for college leavers or adults and sets them up well, for their future chosen career.”

Cllr Kieran Quinn, executive leader for Tameside Council, welcomed apprentices to the awards. He said: “As a council we aim to improve skills and business growth by supporting apprenticeships. We have helped over 80 local businesses with grants to create opportunities for apprentices like those nominated so we’d like to thank the apprentices for allowing us to help them gain awards like this.”

The council has taken action to support businesses in creating the Tameside Business Grant for Employers and Tameside YES. The business grant offers £1,500 to employers who recruit an apprentice aged 16-24 years old and to date they have created 61 apprenticeships at level two and three. The council is also reimbursing employers for 6 month’s salary if they employ Tameside residents aged 16-24 years not in employment, education or training as part of Tameside YES.

Cllr Ged Cooney presented awards to the proud and delighted apprentices as their names were called, along with a thoughtful citation of why each apprentice had been nominated. Guests enjoyed champagne as families, friends and employers came together to support the nominated apprentices.

Chloe Brown, administrative assistant for Angela Rayner MP, said: “I wanted to gain a qualification as well as gain a physical insight into business. Being an apprentice is extremely rewarding as you are getting the experience as well as learning along the way. Angela is a fantastic role model and has been really supportive towards my development. She has gone above and beyond to teach me everything I need for my future career and is an outstanding employer. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an apprentice and would recommend Tameside College to any young learner.”

Apprenticeship Awards


The Apprenticeship Levy Paying Business Event

The event was an opportunity to bring our Levy Paying businesses together to consolidate information, inform how to maximise their contribution, understand where there is support and answer additional queries where possible. This event provided the opportunity for Apprentice Levy paying businesses to understand how to utilise the Levy to maximum capacity and build a strong support network moving forward.

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new charter
penine care
integrated care