POA “Leading the way” with Apprentice Support Network

POA Learning has launched a new Apprenticeship Support Network on the Isle of Wight which is seen as the first of its kind in the UK and has been hailed as “leading the way”.

Apprenticeships Network launched on the Isle of Wight

The launch of the Apprenticeship Support Network was held at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Thursday 11th April 2019, and POA Learning believes that only Australia seems to have something similar, so the Isle of Wight is leading the way with this service.

Funded by unionlearn’s Union Learning Fund (ULF) through POA Learning, the project 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 matters in both the workplace and outside.

Over 50 attendees representing Unions, local employers, training providers and community groups heard the objectives of the Apprenticeship Support Network with guest speakers including local educator Vix Lowthion, Steve Ambrose of Island Roads and Adrian Ryan from unionlearn all giving their views on how apprentices, employers and training providers can be supported on the Island through the project.

Vix said:

I’m thrilled to support POA Learning at the launch of their pioneering Apprenticeship Support Network initiative supporting Apprentices in their work and home life to get the most out of their learning.”

Dave Logan, Centre Manager for POA Learning at Albany House, HMP Isle of Wight echoed her comments saying,

I was delighted that this event was so well supported, I have seen the need for a service of this type on the Island for some time now.”

Alison Manion, Project Coordinator from POA Learning said: 

POA Learning are thrilled to be taking the lead on this initiative. We hope that all Apprentices, Training Providers and Employers will work together in ensuring that this project is the success that we all want it to be.”

Funding has been obtained through a successful Union Learning Fund ‘innovation’ bid, submitted by POA Learning, in order to launch the service on the Island.

This is just the latest initiative from POA Learning on the Isle of Wight. They are located at Albany House HMP and offer community-based learning resources 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, with most being free of charge. It also provides free group sessions on ADHD awareness, Autism awareness and resilience.

For more information on the service visit the Apprenticeship Support Network website.