Kirklees College in UK top 5 for Apprenticeships

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Kirklees College is officially one of the best large training providers in the country when it comes to Apprenticeships.

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In the Government’s 2017 National Achievement Rates Tables, the college was placed fifth in the UK for providers who train over 1,000 apprentices.

Of the top 5, only two further education colleges were featured – Kirklees and Dudley College in the West Midlands, alongside private companies Skills to Group Limited and GP Strategies Training Limited and the Royal Navy.

Kirklees College is one of the largest Apprenticeship providers in West Yorkshire, currently training around 2,800 apprentices each year in over 30 subjects.

Principal Marie Gilluley said: “We are so proud and delighted that our college has been recognised for the quality of our Apprenticeship training nationally.

“We train a large number of apprentices so these results show that the quality of the service we provide both for the employers and their apprentices is consistently high.

“And a big thank you also goes to our employers. By offering apprenticeships, they offer real ‘on the job’ training with real career prospects, during a time of economic uncertainty.

“We hope to make a positive impact on many more businesses through our Apprenticeship programmes.”

Nestlé are training Apprentices through Kirklees College’s Process Manufacturing Centre.

Apprentice Manager Chris Atkinson said the company chose Kirklees College after deciding to go for a single centre of excellence for their key apprentice educational provision. They felt this would help to build the right learning, achievement and networking for their future cohorts.

“After much research into the options in the areas around our various sites, Kirklees College was chosen as the provider to take us to the next level in engineering and manufacturing,” said Chris.

“At a national level Nestlé has recognised that the versatility of the college was exactly the right match for our business, and our relationship is already yielding successes we are keen to continue.

“No challenge is too great for the staff at the college and this is what a business like Nestlé needs to keep moving forward and deliver its goals.”

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