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What is an Apprenticeship?

If you are already employed and would like to improve your skills and knowledge to progress in your chosen career, then an apprenticeship could be the perfect route for you.

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Apprenticeships


Apprentices cover both on the job training as well as classroom learning at college. By doing this, we can provide you with the skills needed for your chosen career and you can gain nationally recognised qualifications. You will also earn while you learn and receive benefits which other employees would get as well.

  • Earn while you learn – take home a salary and get holiday pay
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications and new skills
  • Make progress within your workplace
  • Enjoy new experiences and challenges
  • Opportunity to undertake further courses to continue your development

Many successful careers start with an apprenticeship. On completion, 90% of apprentices stay in employment.

 

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Get in touch with our Apprenticeship Team to talk through the options that can support your business needs.

Employers

Hire new staff or retrain existing staff for your business

Sector Areas

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships in:

  • Accountancy 

  • Agriculture and Land Based Engineering

  • Construction, Trades & The Built Environment 

  • Early Years, Children 

  • Engineering & Manufacturing 

  • Environmental Conservation

  • Equine

  • Hairdressing 

  • Health & Social Care 

  • Hospitality & Catering 

  • Human Resources

  • IT 

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

  • Veterinary Nursing

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund.

July 06, 2020

Apprenticeships - Employers

Apprenticeships - Employers


If you choose to re-train members of your staff or hire an apprentice, it can help with:

  • Reducing business costs
  • Developing a professional skilled workforce
  • Providing opportunities to expand your business
  • Improving productivity
  • Nurturing talent to improve your services
  • Giving your business a creative boost
  • Constructing stronger businesses foundations
  • Inspiring the future generations 
Retrain

Have you got existing staff members keen to develop new skills which will benefit your business?

New staff

We are confident that we can help you find the perfect apprentice to meet your business needs.

What do employers say about the benefits of apprenticeships?

  • A more engaged workforce:

    92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce

  • Lower staff turnover, reduced recruitment costs:

    83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future

  • A better image and greater customer satisfaction:

    81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices

  • Increased competitiveness:

    80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive

Looking for an apprenticeship?

Train, study for free and earn while you learn

Sector Areas

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships in:

  • Accountancy 

  • Agriculture and Land Based Engineering

  • Construction, Trades & The Built Environment 

  • Early Years, Children 

  • Engineering & Manufacturing 

  • Environmental Conservation

  • Equine

  • Hairdressing 

  • Health & Social Care 

  • Hospitality & Catering 

  • Human Resources

  • IT 

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

  • Veterinary Nursing

Need some help?

Call our friendly team on 01554 748344
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Get in touch with our Apprenticeship Team to talk through the options that can support your business needs.

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund.

July 06, 2020

Business Support

Business Support


With a reputation for our work with business, we provide a range of specialist services to support your business needs.

Working with employers, we have an impressive track record of delivering innovative training and support in collaboration with private industry and the public sector.

From professionally accredited training and bespoke training courses to business advice and support, we can support skills development in your organisation to help your people and business flourish.

We offer courses and training in a wide range of subject areas and as we are situated in the heart of South West Wales, we're strategically placed to offer support to the public, private and third sectors across the region and beyond.

Comments from employers


Gower View Foods

Adam Davies - Finance Manager

"We have worked with Coleg Sir Gar for some time now, up-skilling our diverse workforce in Health and Safety qualifications. The Business Development team has been great to work with; arranging training at our premises to meet our business needs with early starts and trainers that are knowledgeable and adaptable. We look forward to continuing to build on our relationship and further increasing the profile of the Food and Drink industry as a career choice."

WRPA - Parc Y Scarlets

Nerys Henry, WRPA Personal Development Manager (Scarlets)

"We're constantly on the lookout for new and diverse opportunities for our members to help develop new skills and get a taste of the working world, outside of their daily rugby environment. The barista course, organised by Coleg Sir Gâr in conjunction with Coaltown Coffee, was not only informative for the members that attended but also hands-on, interactive and great fun too. We look forward to working with Coleg Sir Gâr on more training courses in the future."

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Members of the Llanelli Scarlets rugby squad visit local business Coaltown Coffee
September 09, 2020

Online Courses

Online Courses

About us

Coleg Sir Gâr’s Virtual College first opened its doors in 1998, offering a small number of IT courses. Since the development of technology, changing mind-sets towards online learning and the ability to offer our courses globally, we have developed our provision to offer an exciting range of accredited courses. 

We offer Individual and Company Training

We cater for both the individual and the company or organisation, working closely with our students, employers and careers advisors to support CPD needs.

What’s unique about the Virtual College? 
  •  We offer an optional and free literacy and numeracy level checker before people start their course
  •  Most courses offer assessments that can be completed at home or work
  •  Gift vouchers for courses are available
  •  Courses are support by real tutors 
Course Provision

We offer over 1000 courses, many of which can be accessed globally and we work with awarding bodies which include EdExcel, BCS, sage, PRINCE2 and City and Guilds. We have recently developed new courses specifically for teachers and we offer courses in IT and business for Apple Mac users. Employment related courses include Employment Law, Health and Safety including food hygiene as well as maths, English, Sage accountancy and much more.

Payment

Payment can be taken via cheque, credit card, paypal or we can invoice your employer or funding partner. 

A list of our current courses can be found below

Are you eligible for funding?

Fully funded, flexible, part-time training and qualifications

Find out more

Get in Touch

For further details, or to request a course leaflet, please contact us on 01554 748179 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 06, 2020

Projects & Innovation

Projects & Innovation


Springboard Rural Enterprise Roadshow


 Led by Coleg Sir Gar, the project works in partnership with successful businesses including Wrights Emporium and Coal  Town Coffee where the project was launched. Springboard is tailored to tackle the challenges faced by those in rural  areas to access entrepreneurship training as well as access free, higher level fully-funded skills tailored to each  individual. 

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AHWW


Animal Health & Welfare Wales (AHWW), established to support the Welsh farming industry by delivering solutions to some of its key animal health and welfare challenges.

www.ahww.cymru

Prosiect Slyri Project


The project innovatively reduces farm waste and helps safeguard the environment and addresses the agricultural industry’s impact on the environment by developing a dewatering and purification system to manage slurry on farms.

http://www.slurryprojectwales.co.uk/

July 06, 2020

Sponsorship Opportunities

Many businesses are proud to be able to give something back to the community in which they operate. Industry sponsorship helps to ensure that our students continue to have access to the best resources and study within the best possible learning environment.

Why should we get involved in Sponsorship?


We believe that it is important for every company to link with and offer support to their local community.

Communities support businesses; sponsorship is a great way of saying thank you by helping others have the access to great learning resources; ultimately you will be supporting the economic development of the region at the grassroots.

Linking your organisation to our colleges may also help to raise awareness of your organisation’s work.

What can I Sponsor?


You can choose to sponsor anything from a small contribution to the student hardship fund to a larger sponsorship arrangement, for example sponsorship of the Graduation ceremonies or sponsoring an area within the college like our Forge theatre, Sports Gym, Hair Salons and Restaurant

Sponsorship can be in the form of a financial contribution, provision of equipment and materials or the provision of specialist speakers to enhance the student learning experiences.

Here are a few of the possible sponsorship opportunities:

Events

Graduation Ceremony – an annual event in July which has more than around 2000 participants

Celebration of Student & Staff Success – annual events to recognise and celebrate both learner and staff achievements within our curriculum and programme areas.

Equipment or Resources

Our College is always striving to ensure our students are working with sector leading resources and equipment.

Sponsorship or donations can help support us to provide additional resources which would otherwise be out of our limited budgets; access to sector leading technology and equipment resources can significantly enhance the student’s learning experience and open up a wider variety of work opportunities at their end of their course.

College Programmes

Some sponsors choose to sponsor specific programmes at the College which are linked directly to their business. There are a very wide range of programmes which means for most sectors of industry there will be an appropriate opportunity.

Student Hardship Fund

Some sponsors wish to contribute to the student hardship fund which allows the College to support students through difficult times in order to maintain them on their courses whilst they have difficult personal circumstances to deal with.

If you would like to discuss any sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Naldo Diana
Business Engagement & Innovation
01554 748115
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principal sponsor of Coleg Sir Gâr’s Elite Perfomer Hub, Ian Rothwell of RW Learning