Preston's College offers return on investment with launch of ROI Solutions

In a bid to further support Lancashire employers, Preston’s College has strengthened its offering to help bridge the skills gap and meet the recruitment and growth strategy needs of the county’s businesses.

ROIWith a dedicated business relationship manager for each industry sector, the college has introduced its ROI Solutions offering – a specialist employer facing service designed to provide the region’s businesses with a positive ‘Return on Investment’.

Led by a team of experts boasting decades of experience working in partnership with employers, the aim of ROI Solutions is to provide the most employable workforce through Apprenticeships, bespoke training, CPD programmes, e-learning and higher education courses through its ‘customer-first’ approach with dedicated telephone, web and digital contact points and staff.

ROI Solutions at Preston’s College also provides a job vacancy service for businesses to advertise roles free of charge, and one-to-one advice on funding available.

It also offers access to its state-of-the-art business facilities including its state-of-the-art iSTEM Centre, home to 3D printing studios, mobile app labs and industry standard engineering workshops.

In addition, employers benefit from excellent networking opportunities and a chance to partner with some of Lancashire’s key business membership organisations including the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Lancashire Downtown in Business and the Shout Network.

General manager of ROI Solutions at Preston’s College, Lisa Edge, said: “We’ve been working closely with more than 1,000 employers at the college for 25 years, and we have utilised that experience to develop an offering we know businesses want and need, reminding them that training is just one way we can help support them.

“Our dedicated team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in each sector from manufacturing and engineering to hair and beauty and retail, and our ultimate aim is to provide a tangible return on investment for businesses from their training and the other support we offer, ensuring we’re meeting the region’s growing demand for higher skills as well as boosting the long-term prospects of the economy.

“We know the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always work, so this bespoke offering for employers starts by assessing their needs and then providing the best value for money solution.

“According to the British Chambers of Commerce, nine out of ten businesses think school leavers aren’t ready for employment because they lack fundamental workplace skills. Lancashire is home to some fantastic businesses and the only way to bridge the skills gap and kick-start our economy is to listen to employers and help to meet their real needs.” The launch of ROI Solutions coincides with the opening of the College’s state-of-the-art £13m iSTEM Centre (innovation and STEM), which has a real focus on helping students gain the sector-specific skills, knowledge and experience required to become the most employable through the replication of ‘real work environments’.