Weston College has developed a transformational partnership approach to employer engagement, creating world class facilities to meet the skills priorities for the Engineering/Advanced Engineering sector.
Securing LEP capital funding was the catalyst to allow the college to build state of the art facilities. Dynamic employer engagement strategies ensured that employers were consulted at every stage of design e.g. aesthetics, signage, temperature, humidity/lighting to create industry standard workspaces with a ‘professional work-based ethos and culture’.
Prior to September 2015, the college had no engineering facilities/curriculum. Through innovative partnerships with employers, the LEP and HE, there is now a diverse Level 2 - Level 6 curriculum in place for students with global employers such as GKN, MOD, Ipeco, Rolls Royce and Airbus – (399 apprentices to date).
This successful initiative has also inspired the growth of the college’s full-time vocational engineering provision (also zero, pre September 2015), to 229 L2/L3 learners and 43 part- time L4 learners. Sector underrepresentation is also being reversed with aspirational traineeships and strong numbers of female engineering apprentices (34 to date).
The college’s growing reputation for meeting bespoke employer needs is further widening its engineering provision e.g. new facilities planned for Civil Engineering for Hinkley Point.