Top Employers

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.’

Nicola Tyson

“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

“We have worked with Wigan & Leigh College for over 10 years and have built up an excellent working partnership based on quality, reliability, flexibility and trust. The College have delivered hundreds of NVQ/ Literacy and Numeracy qualifications and Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Customer Service, Team Leading, and IT. These qualifications have given our staff the knowledge and skills to uphold the Trust’s Values and provide the best care possible for our patients, in line with our mission statement and strategy.”

Renee Steward, Training Manager

“The College have been an integral part of our contract delivery within Wigan and Leigh. They have supported Seddon and our supply chain to deliver apprenticeships, jobs and work placements whilst, assisting us with numerous social value projects. The quality of training delivered by Wigan & Leigh College is second to none and once again we have placed new apprentices with them for 2015. By working together we are ‘making a difference.”

Tony Costello, Training and Development Manager

‘Wigan & Leigh College continue to positively support Sellafield Ltd by
giving our employees valuable skills as well as the chance to gain a lot
of experience and knowledge throughout their time with the College. Our employees receive training in all aspects of engineering, working towards and completing their NVQ Level 2 & 3 as well as an HNC. The feedback
we have had is always glowingly positive and it is a pleasure to work
with a group of individuals that inspire and influence such ambition in others.’

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"

John Sanson 

“As one of the most demanding sectors in the food and drink industry, Contessa Hotels are always looking for passionate individuals that we think will thrive in the rewarding hospitality environment. A number of our senior managers have taken part in some guest speaking events that Wigan and Leigh College have been running.

“Wigan & Leigh College has given us a great introduction into the amazing young talent in the region and since February, our Riviera Restaurant at Haigh Hall has taken on 2 students on work placements, introducing them into the different aspects of being part of a busy hotel and restaurant kitchen team and allowing them to put into practice what they have learnt on their programme. By nurturing talent through our hotels, allows us to have team members that will, in time, soon be training other apprentices in future years.”

Lisa Baker, Contessa Hotel’s Director

“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 

"Link Contracting are committed to recruiting apprentices for our 2017 intake, we are attending employer events to find the most suitable candidates. Link Contracting recruited two apprentices from the employer events in 2016"

Mick Moffat 

"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 

“Wigan & Leigh Homes have developed an excellent partnership with Wigan & Leigh College, which will help support apprentices in the construction industry by helping them develop their skills. It is hoped this will provide real practical experience away from the classroom."

Matt Roberts, Director of Asset Management and Development


“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.”

Richard Waterfield

“I have been involved with Wigan & Leigh College for the past 3 years, co-ordinating between the college and the learners at Preston railway station for ITQ courses. The Tutor has proved invaluable. All the learners have high praise for him as well as the content of the courses. I would recommend the College to any potential learners.”

Paul Harnett Union Learning Representative, Virgin Trains Preston

“We are pleased to have a number of our staff and apprentices doing a range of courses through Wigan & Leigh College, including accountancy, management and business administration, amongst others. Their service is professionally run and both staff and managers are offered ongoing support throughout the process. We are very happy to work with the College to help our staff develop.”

Trish Anderson, Chief Executive 

“We engaged with Wigan & Leigh College to host a breakfast meeting event with our supply chain. We approached the College to review their new conference facilities and were impressed with the modern, fresh and bright facilities the College had to offer. On the day of the event the College had provided everything we needed and the feedback we received from our guests also made reference to the great facilities and venue at the College. A Connolly Ltd would highly recommend engaging with the Business Services team, and we look forward to hosting more events with them in the future. It is great for Wigan to have such modern conferencing facilities for local businesses, it is important to our business that we continue using local companies that employ local people”

Kerry Whittle, Business Development Leader

“The first A Connolly Ltd breakfast meeting event was a great success and we have received some fabulous feedback. A big thank you to Wigan & Leigh College for the refreshments support and the opportunity to
use the facilities in the new Parsons Walk Centre.”

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 

“The construction industry is facing a very real skills crisis and this is something that Keepmoat is passionate about combating. It’s fantastic that Wigan & Leigh College recognises the value in engaging with local businesses to not only enhance learning for their students; but provide platforms for them to further their career through training and work placements.”

Gareth Roberts, Regional Managing Director 

“My Life is a local charity who is extremely interested in supporting young people to achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations. We work alongside Wigan and Leigh College to compliment their students learning by providing a wide ranging practical environment for learners to gain real work based experience. We are proud to be named as one of the top employers and look forward to continuing to work with Wigan and Leigh College in the future”.

Caroline Tomlinson, Chief Executive Officer

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