Preston College’s Apprentices Set to Engineer Future

Preston’s College have been named training provider for 24 new engineering apprentices in partnership with Leyland Trucks.

The apprentices are the first major cohort the College will train following introduction of the Government’s new Apprenticeship levy, introduced in April 2017.

The levy is a 0.5% taxation the Government applies to all companies with an annual wage bill over £3m, which can be used by employers to fund Apprenticeship training in conjunction with educational providers.

The apprentices will be studying Level 2 Manufacturing Engineering over the next 12 – 18 months with progression opportunities available onto advanced and higher apprenticeship study.

Leyland Trucks operates from one of Europe’s most advanced truck assembly facilities. The company, employing 900 people, manufactures the full range of DAF product, of which approximately 35% is exported to all European Union markets and the wider world.

Keith Middlebrough, Senior Business Relationship Manager at Preston’s College, said: “The 24 apprenticeships highlight Leyland Trucks’ commitment to training the next generation of Lancashire engineers.
“The Apprenticeship route provides young people with a clear alternative to vocational or A-Level study and is becoming more and more popular with the 16-18 market.

“It is great to see that Leyland Trucks have embraced the Apprenticeship levy and are utilising their allocation to its full potential. However, lots of large organisations aren’t yet utilising their levy pots, ultimately missing out on the opportunity to upskill existing members of staff or recruit new apprentices.”

Ivan Shearer, HR Director at Leyland Trucks, added: “We have a long standing partnership with Preston’s College and are pleased to be able to work with them to develop the next generation of engineers, technicians and assembly operators at our facility. Apprenticeships continue to be an important component of our resourcing strategy and we intend to utilise the levy fully to develop further training schemes and entry routes into the business.’

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