Northumberland College provides dedicated support to businesses

Northumberland College offers more than 40 apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects – from hairdressing to business administration and from motor vehicle to engineering

An apprentice at Northumberland College
An apprentice at Northumberland College

Northumberland College offers more than 40 apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects – from hairdressing to business administration and from motor vehicle to engineering.

The college – which earlier this year held an employers' apprenticeship summit, hosted by Matthew Hancock, minister of state for further education, skills and lifelong learning – recently received its best ever Ofsted inspection.

A dedicated team from the college provides support to more than 700 businesses across the region. Diverse clients include housing association Bernicia, Lynemouth power station, Durham County Cricket Club and Abbeyfield, a care home and dementia care provider.

Added benefits for businesses range from a free recruitment service to candidate selection that helps employers find enthusiastic people.

The college also helps businesses to access grant funding that ranges from £1,500 to £12,000, dependent on sector, when they recruit an apprentice.

Lisa Mood, employability and business development manager at the college, said: “Our clients range from large organisations to small businesses in sectors as varied as hotel and leisure to health and care and manufacturing.

“A reason clients often give for choosing to work with Northumberland College is the flexibility we can provide. Of course we provide business services, but we can also be flexible in the modules our apprenticeships cover.

“The first thing our dedicated team does is discuss the needs of the business and the individual role a new apprentice will be undertaking. Working with the employer, we ensure the apprenticeship delivers those training needs.”

Lisa adds: “Our apprenticeship training delivery is also flexible. Apprentices can attend college on day or block release.”

Businesses wishing to find out more should call the college’s dedicated team on 01670 841268 or email training@northland.ac.uk

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