Weston College smashes ‘100 in 100’ apprenticeship target

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weston-college-imageWeston College has received 345 apprenticeship pledges from employers in just 100 days.

The College launched ‘100 in 100’, a campaign to promote apprenticeships, with the target of generating 100 new apprenticeship pledges in 100 working days.

The campaign was launched on February 15 and, as a result, Weston College has received 213 pledges to recruit new apprentices and 132 pledges to upskill existing staff using the apprenticeship framework.

Over 200 employers have pledged including: Bristol City Council, Brunel Care, Churngold, Clevedon Pier, Helm Construction, The Entertainer, Wessex Water, L-3 Marine Systems, Sedgemoor Council, Smurfit Kappa and Oxford Instruments.

The variety of new employers have pledged to offer a diverse range of apprenticeships in subjects such as; Civil Engineering, Professional Cookery, Team Leading, Motor Vehicle and Laboratory Technician.

The campaign has been supported by North Somerset Council’s Economic Development Service, local Chambers of Trade, North Somerset Enterprise Agency and media partners such as Business Leader and South West Business Insider.

It has also received endorsement from Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox and John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare.

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, said: “I am delighted with the support and participation we have received from employers across the South West.

“The College is pleased to be working with so many new employers to deliver the skills needed for the business to grow.”

Liz Redwood, Executive Director for Apprenticeships and Commercial Strategy said: “We are thrilled with the final result of the campaign.

“Not only have we created a record breaking number of apprenticeships, but with the emerging apprenticeship levy we have been able to offer advice and guidance to support employers to prepare and make the most out of their investment.”

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