IF you are interested in learning more about apprenticeships, pay a visit to the Apprenticeship Open Day at Bradford City Football Stadium.

Taking place on Monday, May 30 (during the half-term holiday) from 1-6pm, the open day will introduce you to the Bradford College Apprenticeship team.

Organisations actively recruiting apprentices for vacancies across diverse sectors will also be on hand to chat about options, training, employment, and how to apply. These include:

* Bradford Council;

* CCS Media (IT solutions and services);

* The Climbing Hub (indoor climbing);

* Gough & Kelly (security products and services);

* Don Whitley Scientific (scientific equipment and products).

Bradford College offers apprenticeship training in areas, including Motor Vehicle, Construction Trades, Pharmacy, Dental, Healthcare, Business Admin, Hairdressing & Barbering, Early Years, Teaching, and more.

The College has more than 30 years of experience delivering apprenticeships and working closely with employers within Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region.

The College has access to high-quality training facilities, works with approximately 700 employers, and has qualified industry-specialist staff.

On an apprenticeship, you will work within a chosen trade, getting paid to receive hands-on training from your employer, which gives you skills to last a lifetime. Usually, it also includes one day a week ‘off-the-job’ training in College to gain a recognised qualification (although variations can apply according to the programme).

There is no upper age limit to become an apprentice, but you need to be at least 16-years-old. Some people leave school and choose to do an apprenticeship straight away. Others study full-time at college for a year or two, then move into working as an apprentice. You can decide how you study in a way that’s right for you.

Bradford College can support you through the entire process, helping you with CV writing, interview tips, and speaking to a business about the benefits of employing an apprentice.

The College works with hundreds of employers every year, developing vacancies and helping them recruit a diverse workforce that will boost their business.

For more information go to the Bradford College Eventbrite page to reserve your free ticket for the Apprenticeship Open Day.

* TO mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - which ran from May 9-15 - a member of Bradford College staff took up a 24-hour charity challenge to carry around a pink space hopper everywhere she went!

Vicki Gonzalez, who is Lead Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner at Bradford College, was supporting the ‘Carry the Burden’ campaign launched by Mind in Bradford.

The charity asked supporters to carry around an item - big or small, outrageous or everyday - for a full 24 hours to represent the invisible burden that people with mental health difficulties carry every single day.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Vicki Gonzalez, right, with her pink space hopper Vicki Gonzalez, right, with her pink space hopper

Vicki managed to raise more than £250 of vital funds for the charity.

She said: “I ‘carried the burden’ around College and on my commute on the train and bus to Leeds and back!

“I really enjoyed it, and it opened up so many conversations about the cause and about Mental Health in general.”

* BRADFORD College has thanked hardworking staff for the superb effort they put into the final open night of this academic year, where hundreds of people attended to see what the college has to offer.

As one of the largest colleges in the country, and one of the biggest providers of Higher Education outside the university sector, the college invited prospective students in to find about the further and higher education courses on offer.

Feedback was extremely positive, and satisfied visitors even took the time to tell staff how impressed they were by the event set-up and facilities. The college is now looking forward to welcoming the new students in September.

If you’re interested in studying with us there’s still time to apply. The college is open all summer for new applications across all of its courses, from GCSEs to A-levels, apprenticeships to degrees.

* IF you’re aged 19 and over and looking to gain in-demand skills and knowledge to secure your ideal career, you can study for free at Bradford College.

The College offers free courses for adults under the ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ Scheme. These qualifications are for adults who have not already achieved a qualification at Level 3, which is equivalent to A-Levels. Qualifications range from Engineering and IT to Health and Social Care, Massage Therapy, Cookery and Youth work - so no matter where your interest lies, we have something for you.

The latest course additions include City & Guilds Level 3 Awards in 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D CAD, and CAD Parametric Modelling. Boost your career to another level and apply to study with Bradford College.Visit bradfordcollege.ac.uk/free-adult-courses