Wigan & Leigh College has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious Educate North Awards 2022 due to take place on April 7th.

The College has been recognised in the Employer Engagement Award – HE/FE Sector category for their collaboration work with large employers, Sellafield Ltd and Electricity North West.

The further education college’s award entries include:

  • Developing higher and degree apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd
  • Collaborative relationships with Electricity North West developing Apprenticeships

The collaboration with Sellafield Ltd has blossomed since its 2016 partnership inception and has resulted in the development of bespoke engineering programmes to support the work with Sellafield on the first cohort of trailblazer apprentices on the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist/Engineer Integrated Degree Apprenticeship.

Subsequent programme development for Level 5 Nuclear Technicians apprentices have ensured they are able to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to successfully deliver Sellafield’s current and future missions from a Design Engineer perspective.

A collaborative and innovative relationship was also launched with Electricity North West in 2017.

Again, bespoke engineering programmes were built to support work with the first cohort of apprentices on the Level 4 Electrical Power Network Engineer and Level 3 Power Network Craftsperson apprenticeship programmes.

This resulted in first achievement rates in 2020-21 of 88.9%. As one of the few colleges offering electrical power apprenticeships in the North of England, they’ve had the opportunity to build and support future training and skills needs of the power industry.

College Principal, Anna Dawe said: “We are committed to providing high quality education and training to meet local, regional and national skills priorities.

“We are proud of our collaboration with Sellafield Ltd. This mutually supportive relationship has allowed for the support and development of future talent which has in turn created diverse apprentices who have been able to showcase their innovation and talent.

“With the partnership and commitment from Electricity North West’s apprenticeship scheme, they will be able to continue to impact positively to benefit our engineering students, the College, the economy in the North, while supporting and developing future talent for Electricity North West.”

These flourishing partnerships have helped with the recent and successful bid to become an Institute of Technology as lead Further Education College with the University of Salford.

Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are the government’s flagship programme designed to spearhead the delivery of higher technical education in STEM subjects.

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