BARNSLEY College’s principal swapped his office for the kitchen to get a taste of life as an apprentice.

This initiative was part of the college’s support of National Apprenticeship Week, where they helped show what prospective apprentices can expect and dispel the myth that apprenticeships are ‘easy’.

Principal and CEO David Akeroyd tried his hand at a catering apprenticeship and observed apprentices at Wombwell chilled food provider Freshpak.

He said: “Having gained an insight into several apprenticeships throughout the week, I can safely say undertaking an apprenticeship is incredibly rewarding and no mean feat particularly, as in my case, when you’re catering for hundreds of diners on a busy afternoon.

“We regularly hear from local employers about how valuable apprentices quickly become to their business.

“As they learn and bring their enthusiasm and energy and contribute fresh ideas to transform how things are done. An apprenticeship is really as rewarding as the student wants it to be, depending on how much work they are prepared to put in.

“Creating strong links with industry is key to the success of not only the apprenticeships themselves, but to that of our students who go on to become engaged, proactive, and valuable employees.

“The value and potential apprenticeships have to ensure the future workforce meets the needs of the local economy is staggering.”