04 October 2019
The sixth cohort of islanders to complete an apprenticeship programme that is unique to Jersey will graduate at a ceremony on Tuesday [8 October].
The Trackers Graduation Ceremony at Hautlieu School will involve speeches from apprentices, employers and training providers as well as the presentation of certificates to all graduates. Employers from a wide range of businesses will join their apprentices at the celebration.
Among the 142 individuals who have completed Trackers training courses, there are electricians, digital professionals, retailers, hairdressers and veterinary nurses.
The Trackers programme supports people aged 16 and over in their chosen apprenticeships by providing mentoring and funding for training fees. Apprentices are given a dedicated, qualified, mentor to coach, support and guide them through their apprenticeship.
Ross Edgar, Manager of the Trackers programme said: “Congratulations to all of the apprentices on their achievements and also to the mentors who support each apprentice and work with their employer to ensure both sides get the maximum benefit from Trackers.
“The Trackers model is unique to Jersey and the success rate so far has been well ahead of other apprenticeship schemes. Other jurisdictions including Ireland, Scotland, Wales and numerous EU countries have enquired about the programme, which has a strong mentor system to support both the employee and the employer throughout the whole apprenticeship.”
A total of 38 of the apprentices have completed apprenticeships at Level 2, 99 at Level 3, and 1 at HNC Level 4. Trackers currently has 400 islanders enrolled on the programme, which offers 28 different apprenticeship opportunities in partnership with more than 200 different employers.
This year, Trackers also launched a new Child Care apprenticeship offering a new pathway for the industry to train its employees. Also launched was a CMI Management Apprenticeship, also at Level 3, with the aim of training the future leaders of Jersey’s workforce and addressing the skills gap of qualified managers on the island.