100 apprentices in 100 days at Preston’s College

BID: Ann Beetham

BID: Ann Beetham

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Preston’s College is aiming to upskill 100 adult apprentices in 100 days as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The college is working with businesses across Lancashire to emphasise the value of Apprenticeships as a way for working adults to advance their skills and for employers to unlock the potential of current employees.

Apprenticeships are age irrelevant with adult learners also able to significantly enhance their career prospects and gain nationally-recognised qualifications in their chosen industry.

Ann Beetham - Business development manager

While nationally the focus is largely on attracting 16-24 year olds into Apprenticeships, Preston’s College is expanding its take on the initiative by reinforcing the message that upskilling adult employees is vital for employers to support their business’ future prosperity.

The college prides itself on delivering sector specific skills particularly in industries suffering the biggest skills gaps, which is mirrored in the education provider’s new £13m iSTEM centre (science, technology, engineering and maths) opening in September 2015.

The success of the Apprenticeship scheme at Preston’s College is also down to strong links with leading local employers such as Lancashire County Council, BAE, Leyland Trucks and the NHS Teaching Trust.

Ann Beetham, business development manager at Preston’s College, said: “Apprenticeships are age irrelevant with adult learners also able to significantly enhance their career prospects and gain nationally-recognised qualifications in their chosen industry.

“The next generation of leaders are already in work today and it’s crucial that employers recognise the potential of their current workforce as a way to deal with the immediate suitability challenges and help deliver a stronger, more versatile business.”

For further information visit: http://www.preston.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships/