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FOCUS ON APPRENTICESHIPS
NPTC Group of Colleges has kicked off National Apprenticeship Week by holding a business breakfast for employers and apprentices at its Neath College.
Skills Academy Wales (SAW), a work-based learning consortium which is led by the College, hosted the event which was also attended by Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James and Neath AM Jeremy Miles, along with apprentices and representatives from the WRU, ABMU, NPT Homes and other organisations and businesses.
SAW is the highest performing apprenticeship provider in Wales and is made up of eight partners: Pathways Training (Neath College’s work-based learning department), ACO Ltd, Learnkit Ltd, Jobforce Wales, Swansea Itec Ltd, Llanelli Rural Council, NPTCBC (Skills & Training) and Coleg y Cymoedd.
As part of the event which attracted around 100 people, there were discussions on the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force next month.
Nicola Thornton-Scott, Neath College’s Assistant Principal Skills is the project lead of the consortium and said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to grow their own talent and support their businesses to compete locally, nationally and internationally. Apprenticeships provide fantastic opportunities for individuals to raise their skills levels and achieve their full potential. As the Apprenticeship Levy comes into force next month, now is the time for businesses to find out more about securing a return on their investment.”
PIC CAP: Neath AM Jeremy Miles; Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James; CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges Mark Dacey and Neath College’s Assistant Principal of Skills and project lead for SAW Nicola Thornton-Scott are joined by apprentices and employers as Apprenticeship Week gets underway.