College appoints new director to oversee Apprenticeships

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By Pauline Hands, Executive for Commercial Operations at City College Plymouth

As part of an ongoing review of employer engagement, we at City College Plymouth have made valuable changes to the management of our Apprenticeship provision to ensure external stakeholders have every opportunity to have a say on training needs.

With this in mind, I’m delighted to be able to tell you about a new role that was created to ensure a constant link between you – the employers – and the College as part of our promise to provide training of the highest possible quality that meets the needs and expectations of the city.

Our new Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Solutions, Jamie Rowley, joined the College in September 2021 as Head of Academy for Construction and the Built Environment and brought with him a rich combination of teaching experience and industry knowledge. As a former plumber and heating engineer, Jamie still enjoys numerous links to industry but also has a deep understanding of the further education sector and a dedication to meeting the needs of employers.

Jamie said: “City College appreciates how valuable Apprenticeships are to both employers and those looking to enter industry via this route. Being Devon born and bred, I want to see the area prosper and grow and it’s only through well-informed and employer-led training that we can achieve this.

“I would like to emphasise that City College isn’t just about Apprenticeships. We can offer employers a lot more: we can offer bespoke training that will match their precise needs. We are the city’s anchor institution for skills but we cannot support you and your business goals without your input. Talk to us – tell us your vision for both your industry and the city and together we can achieve this.”

We are inviting anyone who might have questions about staff training, Apprenticeships or the needs of businesses in the city to get in touch with Jamie. You can contact him by e-mailing [email protected].