Skills Group shortlisted in prestigious AAC Apprenticeship Awards

Skills Group has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the FE Week & AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020 in the ‘Construction Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ category. The awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK.

Sharon Chaffe, Managing Director at Skills Group, comments, “We are delighted to be selected as a national finalist in the prestigious AAC Awards. The shortlist is testament to our state-of-the-art facilities and excellence in teaching, as well as the fantastic apprenticeship opportunities we offer our learners through working with the region’s top employers. As a result, Skills Group’s construction programmes have an impressive overall success rate of 80.15% compared to the national average of 62.7%.

“Construction in the South West is a rapidly growing industry with a significant demand for workers, and therefore to be chosen as a finalist for ‘Construction Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ is particularly exciting. We look forward to the award ceremony in March!”

Skills Group offers a wide variety of construction apprenticeships and full-time courses across Bricklaying, Carpentry, Flooring, Interior Systems, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Tiling, Property Maintenance, Groundworks and Plant Operations, Occupational Work Supervision and Fenestration. Training is held in Skills Group’s purpose built, industry-standard construction centre in Plympton and led by experts in their field, with apprentices enjoying employment with some of the region’s most respected employers.

Skills Group is one of only forty-four organisations and individuals that have been shortlisted across the award categories, after more than 350 entries The AAC Apprenticeship Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 3rd March at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner and Awards evening at the ICC in Birmingham.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School