Weston College is launching an ambitious campaign to create 600 ‘work-related’ learning opportunities in six months. And your business can benefit by getting involved.
The ‘600 in 6’ campaign aims to provide students with a range of employment-focused opportunities that in-turn will help your business to grow.
The opportunities range from apprenticeships and industry placements to ‘real-life’ project briefs and bespoke training courses.
By taking part in '600 in 6', businesses will reap a wide range of benefits, including 'growing' their own workforce, upskilling existing staff and accessing untapped sources of talent.
By working with Weston College's expert Training Solutions team, employers will also provide potentially life-changing opportunities for learners - not to mention helping bridge skills gaps and boosting the regional economy.
We'll be showcasing businesses throughout the campaign - via our social media channels, website and in our promotional videos. There'll be further promotional opportunities for employers through press releases and case studies.
This campaign follows hot on the heels of our drive to create 200 apprenticeship vacancies in 100 days last year. This outstanding effort exceeded our targets, placing 230 apprenticeships with employers across the region!
Build a bespoke package to suit your needs
Upskilling and recruiting new apprentices
Apprenticeships help businesses ‘grow’ their own workforce, lower recruitment costs and improve staff retention. You can recruit new staff with apprenticeships or upskill exiting staff. We offer more than 70 apprenticeships (from Level 2 to degree-level) and 90% of our apprentices are kept on at the end of their programme.
Give guest lectures or offer project briefs
Visit the College to talk to students and inspire the next generation of employees. Let them know why they should choose your business and sector for their future career.
Or provide students with ‘real-life’ projects to work on, you’ll benefit from motivated and ambitious workers, fresh ideas and, perhaps, spot future employees.
Offer a traineeship
Traineeships are work-based courses that help young people progress to employment or further training. Bringing a trainee into your business could be the first step in helping someone build a long and successful career with your business.
Recruiting through sector based academies
Sector-based work academies are designed to help meet employers’ immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business. An important feature of the sector-based work academies is that they offer a flexible approach and can be adapted to meet the needs of your business. So, if you’re struggling to recruit for specific roles, we will work in partnership with you to devise a work academy to help you find potential new recruits.
Provide Work Experience or Industry Placements
Work experience and the new longer-term industry placements (315+ hours) equip students with the tools that they need for the workplace. Providing these opportunities will allow you to guide and develop your potential workforce of the future.
Supporting Inclusion in the workplace
After winning a Queen’s Anniversary Award for our outstanding inclusive practice, we have decided to share our wealth of knowledge with employers. You can support your staff or better understand your customers. We now offer training in Mental Health First Aid for Staff, Understanding Autism, Improving Practice: For Staff and Customers with Learning Difficulties and British Sign Language for Front-line Staff.
We have developed a range of blended learning courses delivered through our online digital platform. Following an initial induction (either face to face or online), the courses are studied remotely, with the support of an online tutor. Qualifications currently on offer are: Enterprise Skills, Leadership and Management, Customer Care in a Health and Social Care Environment, Maintaining a Tenancy and IT User Skills. These courses are accredited and fully funded until the end of the pilot.
Our work providing education in nineteen prisons has shown us the untapped potential that’s available. By giving an ex-offender the opportunity to get back into employment, you’ll have access to this pool of work-ready talent.
Construction Training Centre
A new Centre based just off Junction 21 of the M5, is opening spring 2019. It will offer training in three key construction areas – plant operations, scaffolding, and groundworks. Courses have been selected and designed with employers’ needs in mind and in response to the growing demand for a trained and skilled construction workforce in the region.