Seevic’s Apprenticeships praised by Skills Minister

Friday, 11 December 2015

Photo -108Skills Minister, Nick Boles, has commended Seevic College for its “remarkably successful” Apprenticeship provision at the Association of College’s (AoC) Annual Conference 2015.

The Conference, which took place last month, saw colleagues from across Further Education (FE) unite to share experience and shape the future of the sector.

With a 15% higher success rate than the national average, Seevic Apprenticeships have gone from strength to strength since their introduction to the College in 2006.   Currently supporting over 600 young people kick-start their career, the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, aims to positively contribute to the Government’s commitment of recruiting 3 million new Apprenticeships starts in England between 2015 and 2020.

Within his address to the audience on Tuesday 17 November, Boles said: “Apprenticeships are the future, and I want the FE sector to lead the way.  You need to be more flexible, more entrepreneurial and quicker off the mark.  You need to ask employers what they want and work out how you can provide it, not just offer what it is convenient to deliver.

"The whole FE sector has a strong commitment to Apprenticeships."

“I want to help you learn from those colleges who’ve been remarkably successful in their Apprenticeship performance – colleges like Sandwell (West Midlands) and Seevic.”

Combining both hands-on training and academic study, an Apprenticeship is the perfect way for those aged 16 and over to get ahead in their career.  And with Apprenticeships from Accounting and Pharmacy to Marketing and Health & Social Care, alongside recently added pathways in ICT, Leadership and Management, there’s plenty to choose from at Seevic. 

Alongside four days of employment working with experienced staff, Apprentices attend the College once a week where friendly specialists help them develop the skills employers want. Offering Apprenticeships from Levels 2 to 4, Seevic also have a dedicated team to support students with CV writing and interview training.

In response to Mr Boles’ comments at the Conference, the College’s Principal Nick Spenceley said: “I am delighted to hear Seevic praised for the progression we have achieved with our Apprenticeship provision, although it should be noted that the whole FE sector has a strong commitment to Apprenticeships.

“I believe we have been singled out as a positive example to other colleges because we allocate a higher percentage of our adult funding towards Apprenticeships, for people aged 19 or over, than every other College in England. This was a strategic decision taken to reflect the on-going priority of Apprenticeships and the benefits we are able to offer the regional economy as a result.”

The College is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 2 February 2016 between 5.30-8pm, where you’ll be able to explore this nationally recognised qualification.  To find out more or book your place, visit


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