Two colleges lead the way

Bath College has been named Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year in the Bath and North East Somerset area.  Judges who named the college the winner said they were looking for ‘evidence of apprenticeship growth’, as well as a firm commitment to building networks with businesses.

They awards are designed to reward training providers who encourage individual apprenticeship development as well as highlighting the achievement of apprentices themselves.

Barney Willis, head of department for Services to Business, said: “It’s the third time in the last four years that we have won this, which is a fantastic achievement.

“It’s a great reward for all the staff because we put a huge amount of work into the apprenticeship programme and we’re thankful that this has been recognised outside the college, adding credibility to the work we have done.”


4% rise in positive outcomes

Meanwhile, up in the north east, students at Gateshead College are enjoying the best possible start to their career, with the latest data showing 95% of students moving on to work, university or apprenticeships after completing their studies.

According to the College’s most recent data, research into the how students progress after finishing their studies showed a 4 per cent year-on-year increase of positive outcomes.

Information collected from more than 2,000 students who completed their courses in 2014/15 shows that the popularity of apprenticeships is increasing, with around 1 in 10 people choosing them as a career pathway (up 6% from 2013/14 figures).

Judith Doyle, principal and chief executive at Gateshead College said: “This is a brilliant set of results. For us as a college, creating opportunities and positive outcomes for students is the true test as to how successfully we’re delivering on our promise to give people the best start to a rewarding career.

“To see all of that resulting in more people in jobs, apprenticeships or continuing in education makes me very proud and its testament to the hard work of all of the staff and students here at the college.”