Weston College smash ‘300 in 100’ apprenticeship target

Dr Paul Phillips

Dr Paul Phillips CBE

Weston College has successfully completed their 300 in 100 apprenticeship campaign, which has created 345 apprenticeship opportunities in just 100 days.

The campaign which aimed to counter the rising levels in youth unemployment, and buck the trend with national apprenticeship figures, proved to be highly successful, with opportunities created across sectors.

Companies of all sizes pledged to get involved, from global heavyweights such as GKN, to national organisations like the the NHS, as well up and coming businesses, like One Big Circle.

Caroline Brittain, at Bosscut Barbers, who have hired an apprentice through the campaign, said: “The support we have received so far from the College has been second to none. We look forward to developing our apprentice and hopefully many more apprentices in the future.”

Jennifer Drew, Manager, at Ridgeway House, agreed, saying: “The whole apprenticeship process has been really easy, and our new apprentice has brought fresh ideas and energy to the team which has been really important in our business.”

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, added: “I am delighted that we are bucking the national trend, and delivering apprenticeships that are impacting both learners and employers – something vital in the current climate.

“To create so many opportunities truly is incredible, so I’d like to thank our local business community who have got behind the campaign and pledged to support our community, by offering residents the opportunity to retrain, upskill or get their first taste of employment.

“Now is an even better time for organisations to pledge than usual too, with the government offering incentives of up to £4,000 per apprentice that employers decide to hire.”

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who leads the Combined Authority, said: “This is fantastic news for local people who are considering an apprenticeship.

“Congratulations to the team at Weston college for securing such excellent opportunities with some of the West of England’s top businesses.

“I’m proud that the West of England Combined Authority which I lead works closely with Weston College, funding projects to develop training improve career opportunities. The construction and healthcare apprentices I met recently at the college were all bright and enthusiastic so it is wonderful to hear about the opportunities for the next group of people ready to gain new skills.”

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