Burton and South Derbyshire College

Apprentices from Burton and South Derbyshire College (@BSDCofficial) are currently supporting National Apprenticeship Week (8th-14th February), a national celebration of apprenticeships.

The week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. This year, it is also recognising how employers of all sizes have stepped up to the challenge during the pandemic.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

This year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021, or #NAW2021, is ‘Build the Future’, aiming to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career. The week-long celebration of apprenticeships will showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.

Shoaib Hussain, Technical Services Apprentice for Spectrum Telecoms, has developed in confidence and skills since beginning his apprenticeship. He has spent hours gaining and improving his knowledge remotely to attain the accreditation to work on the specific hardware and software the company offer to their customers.  He is developing into a competent and determined first line support engineer and a real asset to the company. He is also giving back to the College by supporting full time learners with their assessments and offering to be a motivational guest speaker.

Shoaib commented: “I have loved learning from my senior colleagues who have decades of experience in IT. They have taught me so much from their past experiences working at major Telecom and IT companies. I enjoy solving real-life problems for customers. It is really satisfying to be able to assist customers in order to get their services back up and running again. My ambition is to become a Network & Telecoms Engineer.”

Meanwhile, Georgina Gibson, Receptionist/Administrator Apprentice for ProMinent Fluid Controls Ltd began her apprenticeship just a few weeks before the first lockdown in March. Despite the challenges, she has worked hard to improve the way that the company send out invoices and has searched for and updated the company’s system so that invoices are now able to be sent out electronically. She has also been coaching her colleagues on the new processes and systems.

Georgina said: “I have enjoyed working at ProMinent as the staff are so friendly and helpful that I feel comfortable to ask about anything. I also enjoy the amount of input I can have on what is done in the business and that my ideas aren’t ignored. My career ambition is to stay at ProMinent and work my way up to higher roles as I have loved the atmosphere and friendliness that ProMinent has as a business. I feel I belong here!”

Georgina’s Manager and Head of Operations at ProMinent Fluid Controls, Debbie Smith said:

“Our apprentice, Georgina took on the challenge of working from home during the pandemic and successfully navigated herself around the switchboard and relevant duties, using her initiative and her great work ethic. One of the attributes I’m most proud about is her tenacity; she never gives up until she succeeds!”

She added: “Apprenticeships enable us to create a pipeline of versatile and loyal skilled workers that supports our Talent Management Strategy, which prepares our staff to meet the current and future requirements of the business more effectively. Apprentices are normally young people, who often bring new ideas, energy, and up to date IT skills into the business, improving the way the business works.”

Those interested in becoming an apprentice can visit www.bsdc.ac.uk/become-an-apprentice for more information and details of current vacancies. Employers interested in finding out more about employing an apprentice within their organisation should visit www.bsdc.ac.uk/hire-an-apprentice.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

Peter has published a new article: EDHEC and EURECOM Sign Strategic Alliance 2 hours 7 minutes ago
FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 21 hours 11 minutes ago

Women Empowerment: How Far Have We Come in Recent Years?: Here in the UK, the past year has been difficult for ever… https://t.co/TTsstqnyOy
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page