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Nescot marked National Apprenticeship Week 2024 to celebrate and showcase the value that apprenticeships offer with events and inspiring stories from both apprentices and their employers.

Employer support

Employers had a chance to meet our apprenticeships team at a drop-in session at the start of the week and attend a Facebook live Q&A session with one of our Business Centre team members to answer queries on recruiting apprentices. A recording of this session can be viewed here.

Student guidance

During the week, students across all curriculum areas had the opportunity to get information and guidance on apprenticeship courses at the college. Our Business and Health students attended a presentation by Sue Taylor from the Association of Learning Providers in Surrey (ALPS Partnership Limited) at the Adrian Mann Theatre who spoke to them about the steps to starting an apprenticeship and the different levels and opportunities available through the apprenticeship scheme.

Stepping into an apprentice's shoes

As part of the celebrations, Julie Kapsalis, Nescot Principal and CEO, visited Joey Lister, our Carpentry and Joinery apprentice at Ridgeback Projects Ltd on site at a residential build project where she demonstrated some of the carpentry techniques and tools she’s been learning. You can watch a video of Julie’s visit and hear about Joey’s apprenticeship journey. There's also an interview with Ridgeback Operations Manager Gareth Staples about the benefits to employers when hiring apprentices on our YouTube channel here.

Celebrating our apprentices

Julie also hosted a breakfast for apprentices employed in various roles at the college to talk about how their studies are progressing and how they are using their learning in practice. “Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentices and employers. We are proud of the 12 apprentices employed across a wide range of teams and roles at Nescot and of the numerous apprentices we train through our employer partnerships”, said Julie. 


We rounded off the week with a celebration of success at our HE Graduation ceremony which saw our cohort of Healthcare Play Specialist apprentices graduate as part of the Nescot Class of 2023. We are also delighted for Andrew Ritson who was the South East regional runner-up for the HIP Learner of the Year competition held this month. Andrew is completing his plumbing and heating technician Level 3 apprenticeship at the college. And we are keeping our fingers crossed for our very own apprentice Aaron Calliste, who has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2024 ‘Apprentice of the Year’. Aaron is currently in the second year of his Level 5 apprenticeship in Operations Management. The awards ceremony takes place in March.

#NAW2024 at Nescot

Read our #NAW24 newsletter for a roundup of National Apprenticeship Week at Nescot - featuring inspiring stories from our apprentices and their employers and stay updated with our upcoming employer events here.

For information on apprenticeship courses at Nescot visit our website.