College students in Preston and Leyland are getting a first class apprenticeship education according to the latest National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs.
They show the area is among the best in the country when it comes to apprenticeship and 19+ education.
The Government data for 2016-17 place Preston’s College in the top 10 for both overall attainment and 16-18 classroom based learning.
Runshaw, which has centres in Leyland and Chorley, is third in the country for classroom-based learning but is seven places behind 14th- ranked Preston’s College for overall attainment.
Preston’s is also positioned 29th nationally for its quality of adult provision.
Runshaw spokesman Tim Cahill said: “This is a testament to the hard work of our students and staff.
“At Runshaw we are constantly focused on outstanding teaching and learning, and our students are always at the heart of everything we do, we support them at every stage in their journey with us to make sure they can fulfil their maximum potential
Lis Smith, above, principal and chief executive of Preston’s College, said: “Building on the previous year’s impressive results, now becoming the seventh best nationally across our course provision is an outstanding achievement and is testament to the calibre of our entire team in providing education and training that’s among the best in the country, as well as the hard work of our students.
“We also currently anticipate this year’s results will show even further improvement down the line.
“We’re committed to making our learners the most employable that they can be.”