Apprenticeships at Nelson and Colne College

Nelson and Colne College is a high-performing, ambitious organisation situated in the heart of Pendle.

The college incorporates a sixth form and skills academy, apprenticeships and training, Lancashire Adult Learning – the second largest adult learning provider in the country – and a university centre. It sponsors the multi-academy Pendle Education Trust, and completed a successful merger with Accrington and Rossendale College in November 2018.

The newly-combined institution has approximately 2,400 full-time students, 16,000 part-time adults and 1,700 apprentices. The college is preparing the region’s future workforce by ensuring the highest standard of education and training is available for all adults and young people in full-time education as well as upskilling those already in employment through close collaboration with employers.

Government statistics place Nelson and Colne College as the number one college in the country for overall apprenticeship achievement, at all ages and levels, and number one in Lancashire for employer satisfaction in the latest FE Employer Choices Survey.

The college offers apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 7 and is aligned to the demands of the region’s business sector. This offer is constantly evolving in line with employers’ needs. The college has driven the introduction of the new Apprenticeship standards which has resulted in highly responsive training which can be specifically tailored as required.

Apprenticeship sectors include:

  • Business and Professional Services – Accountancy, Marketing and Digital Marketing
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Computing and Software Development
  • Construction Trades and Building Services
  • Engineering
  • Facilities and Cleaning Skills
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Retail, Sales and Customer Service
  • Sport and Leisure
Government statistics place Nelson and Colne College as the number one college in the country for overall apprenticeship achievement.

Case study: Bright Engineering

Engineering and manufacturing accounts for 30 per cent of employment in Pendle. Nelson and Colne College has worked increasingly closely with one such company in this sector, Bright Engineering, over the last couple of years in order to support Bright’s future ambitions and help with succession planning. Up to 20 per cent of Bright’s workforce are either current or recent apprentices.

Current Level 3 Engineering student Annie Vickers is the latest student to secure an apprenticeship there from September 2019 after enjoying a period of work experience at the company. She follows a similar pathway to Sophie Holgate who began an apprenticeship there in September 2018 after just three days of work experience.

Managing director Jon Hoyle said: “The support we have had from Nelson and Colne College has been superb and we really feel that the engineering department listens to and understands our needs.

“They have been great in matching students with us. Apprentices have been extremely beneficial for the business as we have previously struggled to recruit younger employees with the necessary skills.”

For more information on how Nelson and Colne College can help your business, call 01282 440319 or email