Huppert congratulates college’s 2,000th apprentice
December 21, 2011
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert visited Cambridge Regional College to present Bonnie Stockdale and her employer with certificates to mark the fact that she is the college's 2,000th apprentice.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity and I am really pleased that CRC has been so good at promoting them. Two thousand apprentices in training is a huge achievement for the College,” he said. “I am delighted to have the chance to meet Bonnie and make this presentation, and I look forward to her doing extremely well in the future.”
Eighteen year-old Bonnie, who decided to go straight into work instead of on to university, hit the landmark figure when she signed up for a business and administration apprenticeship.
The former fashion student took a full-time job at vehicle recovery business WFL Recovery after working there temporarily over the summer – and says she would recommend an apprenticeship programme to other people her age.
“I definitely think it is a good idea. I was thinking about university but I changed my mind because it is so competitive to get a job afterwards. Now I am getting a qualification and I’m earning a bit of money at the same time,” she said.
The College, one of the largest providers of apprenticeship programmes in the east of England, has seen demand for apprenticeships soaring, with more than 500 new apprentices signed up in the past few months.
Laraine Moody, CRC assistant principal in charge of employment and skills, said more and more businesses were seeing apprenticeships as a valuable training tool.
“We are absolutely delighted to have reached a record 2,000 apprentices in training. Many, many employers recognise the advantages of staff being trained on the job, while gaining very valuable qualifications.
“WFL Recovery has a number of apprentices in training with us, of all ages, and it is a great pleasure to work with such a supportive company.”
WFL director Dawn Cowell – who is Bonnie’s mother as well as her boss – said the business had employed apprentices very successfully for nine years.
“Apprenticeships enable our staff to train properly and help them develop their careers,” she said.