Apprenticeship Week March 3 - 7

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Bedford College is leading the way in Apprenticeship Week across the county as the LARGEST training provider of apprenticeships in Bedfordshire.

In Bedford, Ampthill, Dunstable and Luton, Bedford College works with major employers like Charles Wells, Bedford Hospital, Lockheed Martin, Vauxhall, Bedfordshire Fire Service and 100s of SMEs throughout Bedfordshire. Its Central Beds land-based learning Shuttleworth College trains young people for careers in agriculture and animal welfare across the UK.

With motor vehicle, gas and plumbing training centres in Kempston and IT Learning Centres in four major towns, Bedford College brings 1,000s of young people closer to real jobs. 

Bedford College staff will be talking to young people and employers at various events in Apprenticeship Week.

March 3rd

Vauxhall Presentations to school children.

Bedford Hospital Swannery Restaurant – open invitation to all to hear about apprenticeships from 8.30am –3.00pm.

March 4th

Vauxhall Presentations to school children.

Jobs Hub Bedford speed dating: 10.00am – 3.00pm with Paige Dearman, Apprenticeship Ambassador.

Bedford College talk to Electrical Students.

Central Milton Keynes Apprenticeships Fair at Spot Café, The Point 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

March 5th

Vauxhall Presentations to school children.

Stevenage Leisure Centre. March into work: 10.00am to 6.00pm.

March 6th

Bodyflight near Milton Ernest is the venue to which schools are invited to bring students to learn more about apprenticeships. This will include workshops and fun events. The event is run by Bedford Borough Council.

Putteridge High School workshops:  4.30pm – 7.30 pm.

Central Beds Council apprenticeship event:  4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Vauxhall Presentations:  11.00am – 2.15pm.

March 7th

Vauxhall Presentations to school children

Luton Borough Council apprenticeship event: 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Apprenticeship Ambassador Paige Dearman

Following A-Levels, Paige Dearman decided she wanted to be ‘earning while learning’ and applied for a post as an Apprentice via

She was taken on as part of the Business Development Team, led by Gina Bubbins, to learn about sales and securing customer relationships.

“The College is a really big organisation so I meet lots of new people and work with employers externally,” said Paige.

BDT leader Gina Bubbins said: “The College spends much time helping employers to take on apprentices and so it is important that we lead by example.”

Paige is now an Apprenticeship Ambassador and will be talking to other would-be apprentices during Apprenticeship Week at Bodyflight on March 6th.

For more information on current Apprenticeship vacancies available through the College please go to

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