Workshop boosts apprenticeships at Cambridge Regional College

Apprentices seeking a career in painting and decorating will now benefit from new industry-standard workshops that have been built at a college.

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) has officially opened its own two-storey purpose-built painting workshop. The college is also offering employers a New Year gift when they take on an apprentice.

Head of Construction at CRC, John Malone said: “Having a full-sized house gives the learners a big advantage – they can practice painting in all sorts of room settings, from a kitchen to a hallway, and on different floors, making them far more skilled and employable.”

“It is a fantastic addition to our construction facilities at a time when more and more students are choosing painting and decorating as their career. With the wide variety of training we are now able to offer in this area, our learners have fantastic opportunities to gain the high levels of skill industry demands.” He added.

Head of Apprenticeship Programmes at CRC, Angela Hughes said: “The offer will save employers up to £1,100, so could make a real difference to whether or not a company takes on an apprentice. There are no fees for apprentices aged from 16 to 18, and now it will cost just £150 in fees for older apprentices signed up in January.”

“Apprenticeships bring big benefits to business, as well as to apprentices, and we have a very wide range of programmes available, from accounting to carpentry. We can also offer advice on any grants which might be available to you.”