Apprenticeships are structured programmes of training used to help new or existing employees learn new skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to a specific occupation. Carlisle College currently works with over 700 Apprentices across 350 local leading businesses and has an extensive Apprenticeship provision of more than 20 programmes ranging from level 2 through to degree level Apprenticeships.
Carlisle College provides students with the best facilities that reflect those found in industry, combined with teaching staff who are experts in their fields and have real life industry experience – a perfect combination to allow students to realise their career ambitions and make a valuable contribution within the workforce of our Employer Partners.
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for an organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
The Apprenticeship Programme in Cumbria is essential in supporting the development of skills needed for key sectors of the economy including Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Social Care, Construction, Professional Services and the Creative Industries. Cumbria boasts some of the most successful achievement rates for Apprenticeships in the UK with 71% of all Apprentices successfully achieving their Apprenticeship programme – the second highest in the country.
Did you know?
For Small and Medium sized businesses with a pay bill of under £3million per annum, the Government will fund 95-100% of Apprenticeship Training costs? There are also a number of Government funded grants available. To find out more about funding and grants, please click here
96% of employers with apprentices experience at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can count at least 8 benefits
73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices
86% of employers say that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation and to fill skills gaps
74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality
78% of employers say that apprentices have improved productivity
67% of employers say that employing apprentices improved their image in the sector
69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention
25% of consumers are willing to pay more for products from a business that employs apprentices
Please find below more information on some of the Employer Partners we work with throughout the year. If you want to learn more about becoming an Employer Partner, please contact us for more information.
Martin NorrisBusiness Development Manager
Phone: 07921 384595
Vicky StaffordAccount Manager
Phone: 07921 384599
Debbie MacLeodProject & Employment Support Adviser
Jenny BedlingtonBusiness Development Assistant
Mal ChandlerBusiness Development Assistant
"At David Allen IT Solutions, we really value the Carlisle College Apprenticeship programme. The IT Apprenticeship that is delivered is so relevant to our business, and is tailored in such a way that the learning that our Apprentices undertake really enhances what they do with us in the workplace. Apprentices are so important to us, we acknowledge that the fresh ideas young people bring to our organisation cultivates innovation, and in a world of technology in which we operate this gives us the competitive edge."
- Gary MartinDirector, David Allen IT Solutions
"I would just like to say thank you for the fantastic support we have received from Carlisle College.
I cannot believe the rapid response, from our first conversation only three weeks ago, you have advertised on our behalf, selected CVs, sent them to us, organised the interviews and we now have a fantastic Apprentice joining us.
I would honestly say, the quality was second to none. If it have been possible I would have offered them all a position with Cavaghan and Gray - 2SFG.
I cannot stress the time you saved our business with you doing it all for us - we had the easy task of interview and selection.
We look forward to working with you again when we recruit for our next Apprentice."
- Barry CarruthersLearning & Development Manager Cavaghan & Gray - 2SFG
"BSW Timber Group are the largest timber manufacturing business in the UK. As such we require a number of annual & ad-hoc training and development courses to keep our people up to date with the latest in business and operational techniques. We have been working with Carlisle College for a number of years and find their tutors and campus facilities top notch. Our annual Apprentice and graduate intake requires the very best and latest training, and this is supplied by the College. We look forward to continuing our close relationship and to working with Carlisle College for many years."
- Tony LockeyGroup Learning & Development Manager, BSW Timber
"I found the Apprentice recruitment process with Carlisle College really simple and easy, I rang the College and the very same day I had a list of 9 potential candidates from which I chose my current Apprentice."
- David BennOwner, David Benn Bricklayer