College is set to provide hundreds of job opportunities to fill region’s skills gaps

Wigan & Leigh College has successfully secured additional Government funding to train hundreds of Apprentices into industries across the North West, which aims to fill the region’s skills gaps.

The College, which is one of the largest in the region with 2,000 Apprentices recruited in roles such as social media and accounting, is set to expand its current provision and Apprentice numbers due to year on year growth and an increase in funding from the Skills Funding Agency.

The College is also the largest Apprenticeship provider in the borough and provides 74 Apprenticeship pathways for Apprentices of all ages and works with over 900 local and national employers. The Wigan constituency has also been reported as the fourth largest provider of Apprenticeships and the fastest growing in the North West.

To recruit additional Apprentices into employment, the College is inviting school leavers, those already in employment and those seeking employment to the organisations Parson’s Walk Centre for an Apprenticeship Open Event.

The event which is taking place on Wednesday 24 February between 3.30pm and 8pm, will enable employers to showcase the opportunities available within industries and for potential Apprentices to undertake CV writing and interview technique skills workshops, whilst participating in practical demonstrations which reflects just a selection of Apprenticeships available at the College.

Interactive activities will be available in complementary therapies, construction, horticulture and floristry.

The College will also be providing visitors with information on new Apprenticeship curriculum which provides aspiring Apprentices with the opportunity to establish careers in veterinary nursing, teaching, sports and accounting.

Michael Sheehan, Principal of Wigan & Leigh College, says, “The College welcomes the excellent news of being awarded funding to train additional Apprentices. The Apprenticeships are set to provide local young people and adults with the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications whilst working for a reputable organisation in the borough. Employers are also set to reap the rewards of the scheme which has already provided hundreds of businesses with a skilled and loyal workforce for the future. Organisations can also receive up to £6,500 in grants by recruiting just one Apprentice.”

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