Focusing on apprenticeships

Last year’s winner: Tom Cross of Encirc.

Focusing on apprenticehsips

British Glass is leading work, under the government Trailblazer initiative, to create innovative and demanding new apprenticeships for the glass industry. And right now there’s a chance for glass industry employers to showcase their apprentice talent through the Glass Focus 2016 awards.  

 

The glass industry offers young people a range of routes into exciting and rewarding careers – including apprenticeships. Gareth Jones, British Glass Operations Manager, said:

“It is encouraging that apprenticeships and vocational education are back on the political and public agenda – it’s important for business that apprenticeships are seen as an equally attractive prospect as a university education. We must build on the progress and partnerships already made between industry and Government to secure the next generation of talent, not only for our industry, but for every industry sector in the UK.”

British Glass is leading a group, as part of the government’s Trailblazer initiative, to coordinate members’ input and shape innovative and demanding new apprenticeships for the industry. And each year, as part of its Glass Focus awards, British Glass showcases the talent that is coming into the glass sector with an Apprentice of the Year award.

Last year’s winner was Tom Cross of Encirc. Engineering Manager, Declan Ryan, said:

“No job is too big or too small for Tom. He follows instructions and direction from his peers with no issue, and he is more than capable of thinking for himself and confident in his ability to make decisions to complete tasks to the highest possible standard….He is a real asset to the engineering team and we look forward to seeing what else he will achieve with us in the future.”

Dr Hermione Cockburn, TV presenter and Scientific Director of Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh – who will be the host for the evening awards ceremony at Glass Focus 2016 – said:

“I’m particularly excited to hear about the entries to the Apprentice of the year award. It’s so important that there are accessible routes into technical and scientific industries for young people and I’d love to see more women taking up apprenticeships as they have so much to offer.”

Gareth Jones added:

 “We want the glass industry to be held up as a leader in training and skills development, modelling a template of best practice that other manufacturing industries in the UK will follow. I'm really looking forward to reading about this years’ awards nominations.” 

 

Notes

 

The Glass Focus 2016 awards are FREE to enter and open to everyone in the glass industry – whether you’re a British Glass member or not. The deadline for this year’s entries is 17.00 on Weds 6 April 2016. There are seven award categories in total. See all the award categories and find out how to enter.

 

British Glass’ work on apprenticeships sits alongside other initiatives including Women in Manufacturing (WiM) (attracting more women into manufacturing careers and engaging with girls in school with STEM subjects) and Glass Futures (a project to deliver a global centre of excellence for glass and the glass industry providing high quality apprenticeships, training and research and development activities).

 

The government Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers (trailblazers) to lead the way in carrying out changes to apprenticeships. They are working together to design apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches to make them world class.

www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes

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