College pledge to train 300 new apprentices

13 Oct 2020 01:12
Published by: Scott Callan

HOPWOOD Hall College has promised to train 300 new apprentices in the next 12 months - and has called on Rochdale companies to create jobs.

The college, which has two campuses in Middleton and Rochdale, made the apprentice promise at the launch of its ‘Build Back Better' pledge.

The plan to train 300 new apprentices forms part of a six-point pledge designed to boost Rochdale's economy during the pandemic.

Julia Heap, principal and chief executive of the college, said: "The ‘Build Back Better' pledge is our way of proactively supporting the community as it starts to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

"We want everyone to have access to opportunities that will aid them in reaching their potential and realising their ambitions. "We look forward to many more businesses joining us in helping the community to build back better."
Tracey Wood, head of business development, said the focus was on coming up with a bespoke solution for Rochdale. She said: "This is all about Rochdale working together. We want to create a skilled workforce and we want to keep them in Rochdale.

"Covid-19 has created an unprecedented challenge for business and we're determined to play our part in helping come up with a solution. We have over 250 job-ready applicants ideal for positions.

"We're working with job centres and partners to make sure companies can get access to people and skills quickly.
"Hopwood Hall College is committing to train 300 new apprentices across all sectors. They could be people who have lost their job at the end of furlough or who need to be upskilled.

"It could be face-to-face learning or virtual lessons. We've promised to create the highest quality of training and meet the needs of employers. We can even help businesses secure funding of up to £3,000 to take on an apprentice."


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