‘Home grown’ Apprentices 28/06/2016

Our apprenticeship programmes offer the opportunity to gain valuable qualifications and great work experience, and over 200 employers use Kidderminster College to employ an apprentice.

Some of our apprentices have worked right here at college in various departments whilst working towards their apprenticeships, and all have gone on to complete their qualifications and continue to work at Kidderminster College. How have they enjoyed their apprenticeship experiences? We spoke to Justin Wheeler, Cameron Garbett, Georgia Danby and Kate Rodgers…

Justin Wheeler started an apprenticeship working at Kidderminster College as an ICT Technician whilst working towards his Level 3 Diploma in Computer and Networking Technicians. He has now achieved his qualification at Triple Grade Distinction and is a valued member of the I.T. Support Team at the college.

He said “The college has helped me to accomplish skills beyond my imagination. When I first started, I didn’t expect to be able to do what I can do today. The next step for me is to continue developing my skills and earn more specialised qualifications relating to networking.

Andy Czaicki, Training Co-ordinator & Delivery Manager, said, “Justin has worked hard and demonstrated a high level of commitment in completing his apprenticeship, resulting in his achievement of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT at Triple Grade Distinction.”

Cameron Garbett joined the Learner Services department at college while working towards his Level 2 in Customer Service, which he has now completed. Cameron said “I am thankful to have been offered this apprenticeship by Kidderminster College as it has allowed me to meet new people and gain new skills that I can use in my future career. It has also helped to improve my confidence as a person and the apprenticeship has enabled me to do things that I didn’t think I could do.”

Kate Rodgers is an apprentice working towards Business Administration Level 2 and works in the Learner Data Services department at Kidderminster College. Kate will be continuing her apprenticeship journey, to study Business Administration at Level 3. Kate said, “Kidderminster College has given me the confidence and skills to accomplish Business Admin level 2. I have enjoyed studying business since doing BTEC Business Studies at school. My next goal is to achieve Business Admin level 3 whilst still working at the college.”

LDS Manager, Debbie Holbeche, said, “Kate joined the LDS team with some limited experience of working, but has coped with working in a demanding and deadline driven department. Kate is the missing piece into our jigsaw and the apprenticeship has given her the opportunity to work and train on-the-job. Without the apprenticeship scheme this would have not been possible and Kate would not have become such a vital member of the team.”

Georgia Danby started working at Kidderminster College as a Learner Services Advisor whilst working towards a Level 2 Customer Service apprenticeship and then continued on to the Level 3 qualification. Georgia is still enjoying her job, and said, “During my apprenticeship, I had a break in learning to go on maternity leave but I was still able to return and finish the qualification. I have since gained permanent employment at Kidderminster College and feel more confident in my ability and enjoy the challenges my job brings.”

Jennie Short, Head of Department for Apprenticeships said “We feel that our own experience of employing apprentices really does help us to support all of the employers and apprentices that we work with on a daily basis. Our own apprentices have made a huge contribution to the work of the college, and they are all seen as really valuable members of the organisation. It has been fantastic to see them develop and grow throughout their Apprenticeship programmes, and the work that they undertake whilst on their Apprenticeship is vital to the business functions of the college.”


Thank you for all your hard work this year and your continued efforts in very unusual circumstances. We do hope you feel well supported by the College in this period of home learning.

We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this STANDARD LETTER and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.

Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.

Your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.

It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOT DO SO. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.

Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal.

Please refer back to our UPDATES page for any FAQ’s you may have.