Student Success celebrated at Swindon College Apprenticeship Awards!

03 July 2019

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain qualifications through practical training in the workplace in conjunction with studying. During the week our students learn and train in their chosen career in the workplace and at college. This has been a great way for our students to gain workplace experience, improve their employability and earn a regular income.

On Thursday 27th June Swindon College hosted an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding achievement in a variety of apprenticeships. The winners, their families and employees attended. In total 21 apprentices were recognised for their individual success during their apprenticeships.

Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson attended the ceremony and gave a speech congratulating the winners. The event also saw members from Swindon Colleges Senior Leadership team attend. This included Principle Steve Wain and Vice Principle Quality & Curriculum Lynne Plested.

Justin Tomlinson, North Swindon MP, said “I enjoy attending this event every year as it is fantastic to hear each apprentices’ story and how the opportunity has transformed their life. Family and friends are always bursting with pride and each & every one of the employers can’t offer enough praise to their apprentice, demonstrating the invaluable contribution that they make to the business. Here in Swindon we have seen 12,600 new apprenticeships created since 2010 – that’s 12,600 new opportunities for people of all ages to learn a new trade whilst they earn.  It is absolutely crucial we keep providing these opportunities and I will continue to support local providers including Swindon College to ensure this.”

Steph Venn, Apprenticeship Team Leader at Swindon College, said “Congratulations to the 21 finalists who have been recognised. It was great to celebrate with everyone involved and we hope more employers will then see the benefits of recruiting apprentices.”

The night saw apprentices of all ages and backgrounds and many showed sheer determination to achieve their career goals. One winner, Sophie Davies, is on our CIH Housing Apprenticeship with Swindon Borough Council.
Sophie said “Before I started my Apprenticeship I was working in the Childcare and education sector for over 17 years.  I worked within a Nursery setting and progressed from a Nursery Assistant to a Nursery Manager.
I chose the Apprenticeship programme as I was very keen to change to a new career path.  I had struggled to get onto a new career ladder due to all my knowledge and qualifications being centred on childcare.  I saw the position of a Housing Apprentice being advertised and thought it sounded like a really good opportunity for me.  Making the decision to become an apprentice at 32 was a little daunting but I thought it’s never too late to re-train in a new profession.

I now work in the Private Rented Sector Team within the Housing Options department.  I have a very supportive and understanding manager who gives me valuable advice and I am enjoying getting back into the studying side of the Apprenticeship.

My role as a Private Rented Sector Apprentice is extremely helpful towards my Apprenticeship. Working with landlords, agents and clients gives me lots of useful information, knowledge and skills that go towards my Apprenticeship and assignments.  My plan for the future is to stay within the current position I am in once my apprenticeship is complete so I can use all I have learnt in the process to build a successful career within Housing.”

If you would like to know more about Apprenticeship at Swindon College please contact our apprenticeship team on Phone: 01793 498208 or Email: