Principal Nick Spenceley calls on employers and young people to back Apprenticeships

Monday, 03 March 2014

The success rate of Seevic College's Apprenticeship provision is 15% higher than the national averageSeevic College Principal Nick Spenceley hopes that a national increase in Apprenticeship vacancies and applications will be replicated by employers and young people in South Essex.

Data released by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) earlier this month revealed that Apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people. 

Apprenticeship vacancies posted online on the NAS website increased by 24% during 2013, with online applications also up by 43%.

The success rate of Seevic College’s Apprenticeship provision, which is delivered at The Icon in Southernhay, Basildon, is 15% higher than the national average, with 87% of Apprentices successfully completing their programme of study compared to 71.9% nationally.

To help provide increased access to local Apprenticeships for young people during National Apprenticeships Week, the College is holding an Apprenticeships Job Fair at The Icon on Thursday 6 March, 4pm – 7pm

Nick Spenceley said: “More and more young people are taking up Apprenticeship opportunities with Seevic and its partner companies.  They can earn while they learn, and contribute their skills to the revival of UK business.  We’re keen to work with more employers in rebuilding our local economy.”

Visitors to the Apprenticeships Job Fair will be able to apply for more than 40 existing Apprenticeships vacancies offered by the College. The event will also include a CV Clinic and Interview Workshops, in addition to advice and guidance provided by the College’s qualified Careers Advisers.

"We’re keen to work with more employers in rebuilding our local economy.” Principal Nick Spenceley

Deputy Director for Employer & Provider Services (London) at the Skills Funding Agency Jill Lowery said: “It’s great to see Seevic College recognising the value of Apprenticeships and the great benefits of developing a motivated and skilled new workforce in Essex and London.

“In today’s economic climate it is more important than ever to encourage ambition and support young people to develop fulfilling careers. Apprenticeships do just this, providing a way for them to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and setting them up for a promising future in their chosen career path.”

Seevic College offers Apprenticeships across eight employment sectors: AAT Accounting, Beauty Therapy, Business Administration, Customer Service, Childcare, Health & Social Care, Marketing and Pharmacy

97% of Seevic College’s Apprenticeship employers indicate that they are satisfied with the overall quality of training and assessment provided by the College, with nine out of ten saying they would recommend hiring an Apprentice to other employers.

Rebecca Harris MP for Castle Point said: “I’m a massive supporter of Apprenticeships. Companies are crying out for young people to have employability skills, skills that can be gained by completing an Apprenticeship, and many young people who finish their Apprenticeship walk straight into a job. A modern Apprenticeship is easy and simple for companies to get into, they are not bureaucratic and add value to any business.” 

National Apprenticeships Week, now in its seventh year, takes place from 3-7 March.

Pre-book your place at our Apprenticeships Job Fair 

To find out more ring the College’s Apprenticeship team on 01268 240 347 or email


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