Nelson and Colne College Group

Nelson and Colne College Group has a long track record of providing high-quality, flexible and tailored apprenticeships and training to support employers across the North West region.

The group, incorporating Nelson and Colne College, Accrington Rossendale College, and Lancashire Adult Learning, has a ‘Power of Three’ approach to apprenticeships to create a successful synergy between employer, apprentice and the college. Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team ensures that our apprentices achieve the very best they can, and in turn, employers gain highly-skilled and motivated employees who are able to deliver impact, and a return on investment against their current and future skills needs.

Nelson and Colne College is currently number one in the country for 16-18 apprenticeship timely achievement, and our timely completions are consistently well above the national average. We support approximately 1,300 apprentices and offer apprenticeship at all levels, up to degree level. The group’s offer consists of over 35 apprenticeship standards and 70 apprenticeship frameworks.

Case study: Chubb Systems

Chubb Systems Ltd (CSL) has been a long-standing supporter of apprenticeships, and is a company the college is proud to support. Apprentices have been very successful at CSL, and several former apprentices are in management positions, including the current managing director.

Chubb currently has eight apprentices in training with the college and three former apprentices are doing company-sponsored degree level study too. Another area of the wider Chubb business, Community Care, has recruited two apprentices for the first time this year and both are following the CSL Apprenticeship scheme pattern. Career pathways include commissioning engineers.

Barton Hoyle, technical training and product manager at CSL, said: “The college is now our provider of choice because of the standard of teaching, enthusiasm of the staff and the way the apprentices responded to the college.

“The college offers a clear, well-defined progression pathway for our apprentices that, should they choose to do so, means they can progress on to degree level qualification by extending the studies they do on the apprenticeship.

“Our relationship with the college is good. As a business we are keen to engage with college engineering activities to actively promote STEM activities, raise both interest in engineering and awareness of the variety of engineering roles available. It also helps to promote awareness of our apprenticeship scheme within the college’s students.”

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