Apprenticeships at Blackpool and The Fylde College

Expanding the skill base within any business is fundamental to improving competitiveness, achieving growth, and delivering better bottom-line results.

This calls for a comprehensive, integrated and cost-effective workforce development strategy that results in well-trained and motivated people who can make an effective contribution to business success.

For more than 1,000 businesses and organisations across the North West their chosen training provider is Blackpool and The Fylde College. This Ofsted Outstanding college offers an unequalled range and diversity of courses and it links to the business world through a dedicated commercial wing, B&FC for Business.

“We have become an extension of those organisations and businesses,” says Claire Jameson, who as business development director heads up B&FC for Business. “Our consultative services enable our partners to develop robust learning and development strategies that align precisely with their business objectives.

“One example is the development of a bespoke apprenticeship leadership programme for Blackpool Transport that will engage over 40 employees up to Level 5. We are also partnering with Lancashire NHS Trust and by April will have around 200 apprentices on our training programmes.

“Our unequalled range of courses covers a broad range of business, commercial and public sector activities from health to project management and automotive to nuclear engineering. Multi-million pound investments in our facilities and industry expert staff ensure that we can deliver training to the highest current industry standards.”

Multi-million pound investments in our facilities and industry expert staff ensure that we can deliver training to the highest current industry standards.
Case study: Westinghouse Springfields

B&FC for Business has provided training for the workforce at Westinghouse Springfields from its historic British Nuclear Fuels roots.

Keith Tidmarsh, apprentice training manager, said: “We have had a long and beneficial relationship with B&FC for Business and have been sending apprentices to study engineering at B&FC for more than 25 years.

“In more recent years the development of their degree programme has enabled us to offer employees the opportunity to study engineering degrees part time. Much of Springfield’s engineering workforce gained their qualifications through programmes at B&FC.”

If you want to learn how B&FC for Business can contribute to your business success contact a member of the team on 01253 504 343 or at business@blackpool.ac.uk

To find out more about apprenticeships, find the full Apprenticeship Guide in the March/April edition of Lancashire Business View.