- 10/02/11 - Leading by Example
Strode College in Street, trains apprentices for other businesses and employs four apprentices itself, with another starting this month.
James Staniforth is Principal of Strode College. He is passionate about further education and the opportunities the College provides for our local community, including the role of apprenticeships in helping young people reach their potential.
"At Strode we teach academic and vocational qualifications at all levels. We are rightly known for our success in helping students achieve excellent A level and BTEC National Diploma results, that enable them to progress onto some of the best university courses and into some great employment opportunities.
"Apprenticeships are a good option for young people who don't want to continue full-time classroom study, but do want to continue learning and developing. It's about finding the right option for each person, and for many this is work-based learning."
"Apprenticeships are also a great option for staffing a business, and my business is education and training. Our apprentices learn a lot with us and we have gained good staff with great potential. Our apprentices compliment our qualified and experienced staff perfectly and this makes our business run more effectively.
"I'm delighted that 100 new apprenticeships have been created in Somerset as a result of this campaign, and I encourage local businesses to keep up the momentum and offer another 100 opportunities to local young people."
IT Customer Service
Ben Hillier is 18 and lives in Chilcompton. He has just started work with Strode's IT Services team, and will be working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Customer Service.
New technology is at the centre of Strode's teaching, in and away from College. Ben will be helping the IT team deal with requests for assistance from staff and students, so that the IT support service runs smoothly.
Becki Lock is 18 and lives in Glastonbury with her mum. She works with Strode's Business Development team and handles many of the day to day tasks that are essential for good office management. She has already completed an apprenticeship in Customer Service with Strode, and is now adding to her skills with an Apprenticeship in Business Administration.
Becki said: "I've learnt so much from working with such experienced staff, and I now have a good understanding of the different roles within the team. I'll be able to earn more and get further in my career with the skills and qualifications I'm getting through my apprenticeship."
Sport and fitness
Strode College has its own sports centre, including a new fitness suite and extensive outdoor facilities. Strode Apprentice Blake Clingan is 17 and lives in Street. He is passionate about sports and fitness and, through his Apprenticeship in Sports Operational Services, he is turning his interest into a career.
Blake, who went to Crispin School, lacked confidence when he began his apprenticeship. "At first I was nervous about dealing with new people. I've been here four months now and it's really boosted my confidence. I know what I'm doing and feel like I'm helping the people who use our sports facilities. The apprenticeship has given me a direction for my future."
Photo: (from l-r): Peter Marsh of the Skills Funding Agency with Blake Clingan, James Staniforth, Becki Lock and Ben Hillier