Training under way for Coventry City of Culture apprentices

NWSLC, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Coventry, UK City of Culture, apprentices

Apprentices from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) have started their training with just six months to go before the launch of events to mark Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Apprentices had their first taste of training at the NWSLC’s Digital Skills Academy in Coventry last week when they started to learn how a range of events and experiences will showcase the city between May 2021 and May 2022.

The 15 new apprentice roles will offer a range of exciting opportunities to work in the critical skill areas required to deliver a memorable and professional experience for all those taking part in the 2021 city-wide celebration. The apprentices will work to support events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle with the full programme expected to be announced in January 2021.

The apprentices will work in a number of skills areas from accounting and customer service to events, marketing, and business administration, and can expect to be working on exciting projects including the opening event, Coventry Moves, which will see the city transformed with a spectacular performance involving its own citizens.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have appointed these extremely talented apprentices to deliver Coventry 2021.

“This is a ground-breaking apprenticeship programme for a City of Culture. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people to work on an event of such scale, in their region, and to develop crucial skills for their future careers. It is wonderful to be able to fulfil our promise to the people of Coventry to invest in the skills and talent of the City”.

The Trust chose NWSLC as its apprenticeship partner because of its proven track record of delivering strong apprenticeship programmes and the fact that it already delivers training at a Coventry venue. The college’s Digital Skills Academy operates from a base at the Coventry University Technology Park in the heart of the city’s technology zone.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “I am pleased to hear that our apprentices have started their training during a period of great excitement and anticipation for Coventry. This experience looks set to be life-changing for them as they will be exposed to some extremely high-profile activities and real-time challenges. We are fully committed to supporting their development and will watch their progress with great interest.”