Apprenticeship success rates at WUC smash the national average

March 2017

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Writtle University College’s Apprenticeships achievement rates are smashing the national average.

WUC currently has 192 Apprentices working for employers as wide ranging as Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Essex County Cricket Club, Lee Valley Park Farms, and Companion Care Vets.

The latest statistics from the Skills Funding Agency show that WUC’s Apprenticeship achievement rate was 84.29%, compared to 70% for general further education establishments and 71.1% for specialist colleges.

The overall achievement of adults on Apprenticeship programmes was 85%, more than 12% higher than National Achievement Rates. The overall achievement of 16-18 year olds on Apprenticeships was 84%, 11% higher than National Achievement Rates.

Katharine Ball, Apprenticeship Development Manager, said: “We are very proud of our Apprenticeship success rates, which reflect the hard work, passion and dedication of our students and staff.

“Our industry links mean we can offer our students exciting experience in high-profile organisations as well as small to medium-sized specialist businesses. During National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week, it’s important to emphasise how important this experience is for their fledgling careers. Our Apprenticeships give students the qualifications and experience they need to gain successful roles in their chosen sectors or to take their studies further.”

Writtle University College offers Apprenticeships in agriculture, animal, equine studies, floristry, horticulture and veterinary nursing, offering students the chance to gain knowledge, skills, experience and a nationally-recognised qualification.

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Writtle University College's Horticulture Apprentice Jimmy Heritage was awarded the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award last year.

Jimmy, 24, is currently studying a Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Greenkeeping at WUC, while putting his knowledge and skills into practice at Maylands Golf Club in Romford. He impressed the judging panel, comprised of representatives from British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), Toro and machinery distributor Reesink Turfcare, due to his knowledge, skills, passion and drive for the greenkeeping industry.

As part of his prize, Jimmy won a seven-week scholarship at the University of Massachusetts in the USA, as well as a visit to the Golf Industry Show and Education Conference in Orlando and a trip to Toro's headquarters in Minneapolis. Jimmy's tutor at WUC, Nigel Beckford, attended the show and conference in Orlando as recognition for his nomination and support for Jimmy.

Nigel said: “For students who demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject, we are able to draw on our personal contacts to give them the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within high-profile organisations. Jimmy shows what can be achieved with the groundwork of an Apprenticeship and personal flair, as well as tutors who believe and nurture your talent.”