National Apprenticeship Week 2024 at South Thames Colleges Group was a great success. Staff from the Business Partnership Team, Schools Partnership Team, and Marketing organised daily activities promoting a range of Apprenticeships for all students across the group. Two employer fairs were held: South Thames College on 6th February and Kingston College on 8th February which attracted 19 employers who engaged with our own learners and visiting school students promoting their Apprenticeship opportunities. Over 200 students at each site actively participated, showing a strong interest in Apprenticeships.

UK Power Networks visited South Thames College on Tuesday 6th February and live-streamed a session with their apprentices giving insights into Apprenticeship opportunities and application tips. This was broadcast to other sites engaging with over 250 students and they subsequently offered to host a mock assessment/interview day for 30 electrical students, opening doors for future collaboration.

Business Partnerships effectively showcased STCG Apprenticeships at St George's NHS Trust Hospital Fair and participated in a panel event for Green Business Opportunities at Kingston Council, addressing Apprenticeship-related enquiries. The team also supported JCP events delivering a presentation on CV writing and applications to 57 people at JCP Wandsworth and Sutton sessions.  Our Business Admin Apprentice visited his old school to share his Apprenticeship journey with current pupils and also attended the Croydon University Hospital Apprenticeship Fair.

The Schools Partnership Team conducted CV writing and application workshops, reaching over 100 College students across all sites. They delivered 7 assemblies to local feeder schools as part of NAW initiatives. NHS representatives spoke with Merton College students about the healthcare Apprenticeships they offer.

Marketing campaigns ran daily on all our social media networks, following the National Apprenticeship Week themes for each day.  A number of short videos were produced using our current apprentices to promote opportunities and these will be featured on our websites and used by the Schools Partnership Team in future assemblies. Overall, it was a highly successful week, providing significant insights for our own and prospective students about Apprenticeships."