Southport College hosted a visit from Vince Cable MP on Thursday October 18th, when he came in to open our new University Centre and Library and talk to local businesses about the benefits of taking on apprentices.

The Liberal Democrat politician, who is Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, was taken on a short tour where he met various students and trainee apprentices, and saw the fantastic facilities we have at the College. He visited the Energy Training Centre where we offer courses that provide skills and qualifications in renewable energy, and addressed local businesses on how apprentices can be a success for businesses of all sizes. He called on local firms to take advantage of the government’s �1500 grant for the employment of an apprentice, just as Southport College celebrates training 500 apprentices since the scheme began.

Speaking about his visit, Vince said, “The Southport organisations I’m visiting today are good examples of how to make the most out of apprenticeships, to the benefit of local people and businesses. It is useful to see how both educators and employers contribute to providing these much needed opportunities in the region. I urge other employers in the North West to take advantage of the funding available, and to give a young person a valuable job.”

Principal John Clarke said of his visit, “We are thrilled and honoured that the Secretary of State has chosen to visit Southport College. The visit has come at an exciting time for us; we have reached a milestone by providing training for our 500th apprentice and our new Energy Training Centre is equipping students to meet the needs of emerging technologies. These new developments provide students with the opportunity to gain high value qualifications and develop well rounded vocational and academic skills.”

Interested in becoming an apprentice?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain valuable, job-specific skills as well as nationally recognised qualifications. When you apply for an apprenticeship vacancy through Southport College, you can be assured that you will be supported every step of the way – from help with your application right through to guidance on what to do once you have gained your qualification. To find out more and to see our current apprenticeship vacancies, click here.

Interested in taking on an apprentice for your business?

Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a way to harness fresh new talent and to ensure that your workforce has both the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs. At Southport College we offer a recruitment service for companies looking to recruit an apprentice. To find out more, click here or call Diane Crompton on 01704 392817.

About the University Centre

Our new, dedicated University Centre at our Mornington Road campus allows us to branch out with vocational Higher Education courses including higher national qualifications and foundation degrees – all on your doorstep and you can study for a range of university level courses with full time and part time options. Click here to find out more about our higher education courses, or click here to download our prospectus.

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