The Apprenticeship Support Network will provide help and advice to any apprentices who feel that they would benefit from extra support and guidance around their learning and working practices. This can include pastoral care and advice for both matters in the workplace and outside.
The service has been backed by the Unionlearn project, the learning branch of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which promotes organisational learning through Trades Unions. Funding has been obtained through a successful ‘innovation’ bid, submitted by POA Learning, in order to launch the service on the Island.
Dave Logan, Regional Centre Manager for POA Learning Isle of Wight, says:
“We are delighted to be able to offer the new service to Apprentices on the Isle of Wight. I have seen the need for a service of this type for a long time and I am very proud to be part of the team that is providing it. Apprentices don’t always have the confidence to speak up when things aren’t going well and this service will support them when they need advice.
“I am really pleased that the Trades Unions and the training providers have wholeheartedly backed this project and I look forward to working in partnership with them.”
Adrian Ryan, Project Coordinator for Unionlearn, South of England comments:
“I am delighted that this project has obtained funding. We are always happy to back new and innovative ideas such as this one, which addresses a real need on the Island.”
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POA Learning, located at Albany House HMP Isle of Wight, is a community-based learning resource with drop-in sessions in Ryde, Newport, Shanklin and Ventnor, and is connected to many Island organisations that promote learning and support to vulnerable people.
It provides functional skills in English, Maths and ICT as well as employability skills, online support for benefits, supported job searching and a range of distance learning courses, all free of charge. It also provides free group sessions on ADHD awareness, Autism awareness and resilience.
The Apprenticeship Support Network will be officially launched at an event to be held at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Thursday 11th April from 12:00-14:00. Speakers at this event will include Vix Lowthion, Green Party spokesperson for Education in England and Wales.
For more information on the service, visit www.apprenticeshipsupportnetwork.org/.