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Exeter College celebrates record breaking year with 1,000th Apprentice

By July 25, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates


Photograph: University of Exeter apprentices present sculpture to Exeter College

Exeter College is celebrating a record breaking year by celebrating welcoming their 1,000th apprentice.

The 1,000th Apprentice is Jordanna Broom who is a higher engineering apprentice at the University of Exeter. Jordanna enjoyed her initial engineering training and has decided to pursue her career through one of the college’s higher level apprenticeships.

To celebrate this milestone and the ongoing relationship between the college and the university, a memento has been made by the University’s engineering apprentices and presented to the college.

The University engineering apprentices have worked on creating the sculpture using iconic engineering parts, fashioning a piece of work in the shape of the number 1,000. University of Exeter apprentices Ashley White, James Rutley and Jordanna Broom designed, created and presented the sculpture to Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships at Exeter College.

This milestone marks a period of significant moment in the relationship between the university and the college. The college has been working with the university on the apprenticeship levy, the recruitment of new apprentices and the training of existing staff through higher level apprenticeships.

“We look forward to continuing and strengthening our partnership with Exeter College to embed apprenticeships into our workforce.” said Jonathan Cresswell who is the Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Exeter.

“We are delighted to help give young people from the South West a foot on the career ladder and give them valuable experience of the world of work. 

Apprenticeships encourage continuous improvement, enhance the diversity of our workforce and help to increase social mobility.  The apprentice benefits from earning a competitive wage, and gains valuable on the job experience along with a recognised qualification.  As an employer we benefit from apprentices as they bring a fresh approach to their jobs, add value, and have a positive Impact on the rest of our workforce.”

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships at Exeter College said “We are delighted that we are on course for a record breaking year in terms of the number of young people who have taken up an apprenticeship programme through Exeter College this year.

“We pride ourselves on our exceptional relationships with employers and we have worked closely with the University of Exeter to create apprenticeship provision that is truly employer responsive, so it is fitting that our 1,000th apprentice is employed by them.”

Exeter College is working with a network of nearly 900 employers helping them to plan their future workforce through using their apprenticeship levy, training existing staff through higher level apprenticeships and offering a full recruitment and training service to employers