Around 60 local employers learned about the benefits of apprenticeship programmes offered through Reaseheath Training during focused events held during National Apprenticeships Week.

Reaseheath is one of the top three land-based apprenticeship training providers in the UK and currently trains over 1500 apprentices across our group.  New and existing clients attended two successful breakfast meetings, held in Reaseheath Hall, to learn about the quality training and services on offer and to familiarise themselves with the new Apprenticeship Standards, which specify the level of skills which an apprentice is expected to achieve in the programme and when. The visitors also enjoyed a tour of our industry-standard facilities.

Benefits of Reaseheath apprenticeships include:

  • High quality, employer-led apprenticeship programmes across a wide range of industries, supported by expert staff with extensive industry experience
  • Tailored apprenticeships which deliver a nationally recognised standard for skills, competence and knowledge. These equip apprentices with the skills to drive up business efficiency
  • Outstanding specialist facilities and resources for apprentice training which are the result of an £80 million campus investment. These include an Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre and a sports science academy, to be opened this summer
  • Established centres of excellence in horticulture, agriculture, food processing and equine management, all operating to the highest industry standards
  • Bespoke Employer Services including business development, incentives, government funding and incentives, mentor support and recruitment
  • Free transport from September 2018 for any apprentice travelling on dedicated college buses
  • Campus-wide Ofsted Grade 1 for Care Standards

Describing Reaseheath as the catalyst which brought the right people into the right programme,  Reaseheath Training  Business Development Team Leader  Christine Middleton emphasised that working in partnership with industry had allowed Reaseheath to develop bespoke programmes which met the needs of the business.  This meant that employees gained the necessary technical skills and knowledge to improve profitability.

The new Apprenticeship Standards were being developed by employer groups and this meant that there were even more opportunities for Reaseheath Training to work with businesses.

Christine was followed by Zoe Haynes, Apprenticeship Advisor for Muller, and by Ryan McCoy, Director of HGV Direct, who described how their businesses had benefitted from apprenticeships. Zoe said: “The benefit of having apprentices is that we get skilled employees with the potential to progress their careers with us. Reaseheath’s support is really important to ensure we make the best of this very exciting programme.”

  • Ryan McCoy Director, HGV Direct

  • Zoe Haynes Muller Aprenticeship Advisor

Ryan commented: “Having apprentices helps our business to grow. There’s a big need in the market for skilled young people and a lot of opportunities on offer.”

As well as holding the breakfast meetings, Reaseheath Training’s team of advisors attended number of external events and hosted several employer engagement visits at college during Apprenticeship Week.