Northumberland College is supporting employers with more than 30 live job vacancies, from hairdressers to motor mechanics.
The college has opportunities for apprentices and candidates who are currently unemployed as more businesses use its expertise to help fill their vacancies.
It comes as apprenticeships continue to grow at record levels, with a target of 850 this year, boosted by funding and a £9.5m investment in facilities at all Northumberland college sites – Ashington, Kirkley Hall, Berwick and Hexham.
“The college is delighted to be working with so many employers supporting students into apprenticeships and those who have been unemployed for some time into jobs,” said Laura Laidlow, a member of Northumberland College’s business solutions team.
“We have great partnerships with a number of employers and training providers and invite employers who are not currently engaged with Northumberland College to get in touch. If they have vacancies, we can help fill them. Whatever the business size, we have the training solutions to help them develop a qualified, skilled and productive workforce.”
One of the companies working with the college is New Delaval Autos in Blyth. The company has taken one apprentice and one full-time member of staff, with others likely to follow on the back of new contracts.
Graeme Vacher, who jointly owns New Delaval Autos with Michael Walls, praised the college for its expert support, having employed Jordan Gibb, 20, as an apprentice and 26-year-old Jackson Bullgh in a full-time role.
Mr Vacher said: “Jordan is an asset to the team. We put full trust in him and he always performs well along with Jackson.
“The college staff have been great and always go out of their way to find out if we are entitled to any new funding or any training my workers can get to improve.
“If I ever need anything regarding the company, apprentices or work experience they are my first line of contact.”
Jordan, who is working towards a Level 2 qualification in motor mechanics said: “I had completed my Entry Level 3 and Level 1 in mechanics when I found out about the traineeships that could get me a placement and possible chance for an apprenticeship. “Thanks to the college I’ve found a company I love working for.”
For more information on apprenticeship opportunities and job vacancies visit the website northumberland.
World class facilities in Northumberland
Northumberland College has witnessed two very important events this month – connecting world-class industry to our fantastic new facilities.
It was a great honour to welcome such an esteemed engineer as Bill Smith to Ashington to cut the ribbon on our Brunel Building, which has four major workshops for mechanical, electrical, welding and motor vehicle courses.
Best known as leader of the Tyneside-based Bluebird Project, dedicated to restoring the jet-powered hydroplane which crashed in 1967 as Donald Campbell tried to beat his own world water speed record, it was fantastic to see Bill working with the students and I’m sure it will be an experience which they will remember in years to come.
Last week I also had the pleasure of welcoming Chris Moody OBE, chief executive of the national membership organisation for land-based colleges Landex, to Kirkley Hall, where he cut the red ribbon to unveil a learning centre and mark the opening of a teaching block, arboriculture and tractor workshops.
To have two such high-profile figures support our £9.5m investment in this way was a huge boost as we strengthen our commitment to providing the facilities to ensure our students are able to train on the very best equipment in a real industry environment – making them highly employable across all the vocational disciplines that we offer at the college.
We are now into exam season and I would say we are in a better position than ever before to offer the very best in further education to those completing their GCSEs and A-levels – providing courses which can lead to better employment prospects as well as the chance to go on to gain highly regarded vocational and academic qualifications.
We need to raise aspirations and to inspire the next generation of workers – whether it be in engineering, hairdressing, animal care or aboriculture, rural or urban, as apprentices or employees – and I believe Northumberland is well-placed to do this. Our central challenge is to deliver what employers want – demonstrating that we are teaching the employability skills so our students are prepared for work.
I am proud that these new modern facilities, together with great teaching, enthusiastic, talented students and partnerships with highly engaged employers is, I believe, placing Northumberland College at the forefront of excellence in further education with particular emphasis on the world of work.
Marcus Clinton, Principal,Northumberland College
A SERIES of events is being held by Northumberland College to showcase what it has to offer employers.
The events aim to seek feedback from employers to ensure the courses the college offers meet their business needs, as well as providing practical support on recruiting apprentices or providing training opportunities for their workforce.
Animal care and dog grooming is the focus of the first event at the Kirkley Hall campus on Monday, June 8 (5pm to 7pm), which includes a tour of the dog grooming and veterinary centre and a talk from Jacquie Hall of the Northumberland Canine Centre. Jacquie has more than 35 years’ experience as a pet shop owner, dog trainer and instructor.
On June 10 there are two sessions at Kirkley Hall focused on tree health, starting at 9.15am and 12.30pm.
They include a presentation by Sorbus International, and delegates will have the opportunity to try out the latest hi-tech equipment used to monitor tree health.
On June 25 an advanced cutting workshop will be held at the college hairdressing salon in Ashington. Starting at 9.30am and ending with a light lunch at noon, the Saks Technical Art team will be demonstrating new techniques reflecting up-and-coming trends.
To reserve a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01670 841268.