City & Guild college engagement with employers award - Bridgend College Case Study

Bridgend College working collaboratively with Tata Steel have transformed their delivery approach for the Tata Steel apprenticeship programme, in order to meet Tata Steel’s specific competency needs.

The apprenticeship programme is now delivered predominantly at the Tata Steel Training Academy between college delivery teams and Tata Steel trainers. Training specifically maps against Tata’s competency framework, massively reducing costs of additional bespoke courses and providing apprentices with the sustainable skills that they need to succeed within the business.

Last year, we trained over 150 Engineering apprentices from Tata Steel at level 3, delivering 30% more learning credits than apprentices studied towards previously in half the time. Of these apprentices, 95% of eligible apprentices have progressed onto an HNC programme, with potential to progress towards degree apprenticeships in the future.

and progression rates prove that this delivery model, that allows apprentices to access fully funded training up to HNC as part of their core Level 3 apprenticeship programme, can now be offered to other employers and apprentices across Wales. An innovative approach to apprenticeship training that delivers value for money and significant return on investment for the employer, apprentice and the Welsh economy.