Nescot College was chosen as one of just 25 Apprentice Information Ambassadors in a ceremony at the Jerwood Space to mark the launch of the London Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network on Friday, March 30.
With government figures showing that demand for apprenticeships more than doubled in London over the last two years, the pilot project, funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), will provide free, impartial advice on apprenticeships to all schools, job centres and local authorities in the capital.
The Ambassadors, who will deliver the service, are colleges, companies and charities working as training providers, who have achieved above average levels of performance.
Nescot, whose apprentices celebrated a 92 per cent success rate last year, is one of the organisations seen as a standard bearer for the sector. The college also runs a successful Vacancy Matching Service and the quality of support offered to employers means that 98 per cent of businesses working with the college would recommend Nescot to other employers.
Providers chosen to act as Ambassadors must also:
• Have achieved a Grade 1or 2 at the last Ofsted inspection,
• Be Matrix accredited or equivalent, and
• Use enhanced CRB checks for all staff delivering this service.
The aim of the project is to maintain the success of apprenticeships in London, which grew from 20,350 in 2009/10, to 41,400 last year.
NAS and the training providers are keen to make sure young people in particular have the full range of information available to help them understand what an Apprenticeship is, as well as the wide range of career opportunities Apprenticeships offer to people of all ages.
The role of the Apprenticeship Information Ambassador is to provide impartial information and a thorough understanding of what it is to be an apprentice and to promote the general take up of Apprenticeships. The service will be led by experts like Nescot College, who currently deliver Apprenticeships to businesses and learners.
The project has been overseen by the providers themselves through the London Work Based Learning Alliance (LWBLA) who have worked under contract to the NAS.