Our team engage with local employers to provide relevant training opportunities and work experience to develop apprenticeship and provide opportunities to employers for short professional courses to enhance and extend their professional skills.
‘We have established a strong relationship with Wigan & Leigh College, supporting their students to explore the construction and built environment sectors through work placements. As a company we always seek to involve the local community within our projects which makes our relationship with the staff and students of the college even more important to us. Our site teams on the Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students and staff of Wigan & Leigh College. Josh Heavens, building manager for the project commented that it was great to see how enthusiastic the students were and how many of them were going to use the experience gained with us, to pursue a career within our sector.’
“Wigan Council has a long history of collaboration with the College on a range of initiatives across the borough, supporting local residents through their learning journey and into sustainable employment. This relationship has been much strengthened over the last year following changes in leadership in both organisations. This resulted in joint delivery of an awards ceremony during National Apprentice Week 2015 and the development of a clear programme of partnership working which covers a range of initiatives. These include Careers IAG, through academic and vocational curriculum development, joint business engagement activity and opportunity creation. The College is a key partner in the development of our integrated pathway under the banner of Wigan Works and remain a key stakeholder in our future growth plans outlined in our Economic Prospectus.”
Emma Barton, Assistant Director, Economic Development and Skills
“I would like to express my thanks to Wigan & Leigh College for arranging work experience, for a number of students at our Wigan Town Hall refurbishment Project. The positive feedback received from the students and lecturers has provided ISG with a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the development of young and potential construction professionals, and tradespeople, and has been well received by our client, Wigan Council. Although this project is now predominantly complete, we sincerely hope our relationship and engagement with the College can continue.”
Tony Duggan, Site / Project Manager
Kelly-Marie Fulton, Training Manager
'The Public services courses at Wigan & Leigh college gives a great insight to the public sector and more so the Army and the Army Reserves by frequently planned placements on ‘Be The Best’ courses and visits down to the local Reserve Centre to see the opportunities within the Army and Army Reserves'
David Stanfield, Regimental Sub Unit Support Officer
"W&LC are part of Wigan town centre and play a large part in that community, we have worked with them for a number of years with benefits to both parties. With the extension to the College there are new opportunities and we look forward to working with them going forward"
“Our ongoing relationship with the college provides students with real-world site experience and the opportunity to gain invaluable advice and insight from industry professionals, while the college gives the industry access to enthusiastic, bright and committed individuals looking to build a future in construction.
“We’re dedicated to nurturing the development of the future generation of construction professionals and ensuring those young people are well equipped with the skills they need to thrive in our industry.”
Barry Roberts, Area Director
"The Brick exists to eradicate poverty and homelessness in our community. We work with individuals and families at a time of crisis to assist them to reach their potential in good housing, in employment, and with well managed finances. We do this from initial counselling and support, including food packages and access to temporary accommodation if required, through to gaining confidence , enjoying new activities, learning employment skills and on to a brighter future. We have been delighted to work with Wigan and Leigh college who have supported us through having excellent student placements undertaking a range of tasks, to gathering food for our foodbank, and joining our business engagement activities"
Kathleen Putt, Chief Executive
"We chose Wigan & Leigh as our provider due to having reviewed numerous providers the quality, dedication & commitment of the team & their dedication to the students was head & shoulders above most of the others. I required a provider who I would be comfortable with both placing in front of our board but also had the ability to fully engage with our team. Wigan & Leigh College have done this.
I would happily recommend Wigan & Leigh College as a provider as I have seen nothing but quality in every aspect of our interactions, their personal customer service, their facilities & delivery".
Maxine Blake, HR Business Partner
‘Working with Wigan & Leigh College has been beneficial to our business in a number of ways. Firstly, we have been able to successfully refer our learners into the College provision and secondly, we have been able to expand our own apprenticeship provision through a subcontracted relationship. The support we received from our Contract Co-ordinator has been excellent throughout this process and we hope to continue working with the College to benefit all our learners in the future.’’
Beulah Gowen, Learning Centre Manager
"Brick Store are the largest independent brick stockist in the North, we value our relationship with Wigan & Leigh college as we believe it is important that skilled workers continue to join the construction industry.
As a company, we have donated bricks to the college for training purposes and also have welcomed the students & teachers to our site to build walls and gain invaluable site experience"
Chris Hardman, Director
“Waterfields (Leigh) Ltd, a family bakery business since 1926 have been delighted with the relationship that has been developed with the College since the introduction of the catering qualifications. The students spend six week blocks working two days each week and experience the real world in various departments within the business. We hope that the challenges that the students face enable them to make informed choices about their future careers in the industry.”
Paul Harnett Union Learning Representative, Virgin Trains Preston
Trish Anderson, Chief Executive
Kerry Whittle, Business Development Leader
Federation of Small Businesses
“Wigan & Leigh College have been instrumental in providing Apprenticeship training for our staff who have previously been in long term unemployment .Our Charity would like to thank the College for their support of our work.”
Pam Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer
'Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) is a leading provider of community health services in the North West of England. Our mission is to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve. We work with local people and partners to promote good health and are a leading provider of excellent community healthcare services in the North West. We are very proud to be working in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College and over the years we have, and continue to deliver, many successful work experience placements, apprenticeships and cadet programmes in both healthcare and non-clinical roles.
We are always working to improve on our what we can offer students and have been leading on the development of a new, streamlined and exciting way of delivering quality work experience in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College, north west colleges and other NHS organisations. This will increase the number of NHS opportunities in the region and ensure high quality placements. We proud to report that 100% of students report satisfaction with their placements with us and we will continue to develop programmes that clearly demonstrate the benefits of a career in the NHS'
Karla Rimaitis – Talent for Care Programme Facilitator
'Hitchen foods has always used Wigan & Leigh college for Engineering Apprentices but we have started looking at how we can forge closer links together in other areas such as Training, Work Placements and Work Projects for some of their students as part of their studies. As we are one of the area’s largest employers and the college is the town’s only General Further Education provider we both see it as a natural step in working closer together'
Andrea Ridyard, HR Co-Coordinator
“HUSCO International have chosen to partner with Wigan & Leigh College with the joint aim of providing valuable industrial experience whilst supporting students in achieving academic qualifications that will form the cornerstone of a rewarding career within Engineering”
Vicky Dunbar, HR Manager