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Chinese delegation explore Apprenticeship Model.


Chinese delegation explore Gateshead Council’s Apprenticeship Model.

19 delegates from the Shandong province represented the Chinese Government in an educational visit to explore the success of Gateshead Council’s learningSkills apprenticeship delivery.

The representatives spent 2 days examining the factors that made learningSkills such a successful apprenticeships provider.  Over the past 3 years learningSkills has become one of the leading local authorities for direct apprenticeship delivery.  It was recommended to the delegates to visit the Apprenticeship Service at The Dryden Centre in Low Fell, Gateshead to look at how learningSkills had adapted to meet the needs of both employers and young people.

The two days included an overview of delivery from John Shaw ( Business Development Manager and Lynne Goodwill (Vocational Manager). The benefits of delivering apprenticeships in a wide number of frameworks including Business Administration, Customer Service, Retail, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, ICT, Teaching Assistant, Early Years and Cleaning & Support Services were examined.  On the second day the delegates met the employers who are working alongside learningSkills and examined the business befits gained from the apprenticeship program.  Mary Mole from Gateshead Council Communities and Environment  and Chris Dougal from Engica Technology Systems International Ltd in Newcastle gave a talk about their working experience of employing apprentices. Chris informed the delegates that, ‘It’s an excellent solution to our business needs.’

The day was closed by an in-depth presentation about funding for apprenticeships and the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships, set to be in place in the UK by 2017.

Gateshead Council learningSkills were excited to learn that their reputation as a quality apprenticeship provider had traveled 5,000 mile to the shores of the Yellow Sea.

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