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03 SIMON NIXON INTERIM PRINCIPAL AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE Welcome to this edition of The Most, which is packed full of articles and information on our apprenticeship and adult provision. Life in the College feels more normal now than at any time since before the pandemic began, and it has been a fabulous start to our academic year. We continue to see growth across all of our provision, and the energy around the campus has been a joy to behold. Hopefully most of our employer partners are also seeing more normal activity, and we are always delighted to make some contribution in terms of the courses we offer. Maximising employability skills will always be a top priority for us, and we can only achieve this effectively in partnership with other businesses. A key feature of this edition is to celebrate our many successes during the last year. In particular, we were delighted to hold our first on campus Exceptional Employer and Apprenticeship Awards in May, allowing us to recognise the amazing achievements of our employer partners, together with the often inspirational stories of individual apprentices. The only shame was that we couldn’t give awards to more people – all nominations were well deserved. Other notable achievements include the retention by the College of Matrix Accreditation, demonstrating the quality of our information, advice and guidance. This is a great achievement by our staff, and shows clearly the care and attention we pay to making sure our learners are supported properly even before they start their course. I hope you enjoy reading this edition, and I look forward to our continued strong partnerships. YEAR 10 & 11 OPEN EVENTS WEDNESDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2022 4-7pm SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2022 10am -2pm WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH 2023 4-7pm

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CONTENTS 26 MHA Moore & Smalley Hear how MHA Moore and Smalley support their apprentices year after year. Skills Development Fund Project Preston College is just one of eight colleges in the region to lead a £1.26m skills development project in low carbon. Media Hair and Makeup Awards The College celebrates the success of our hair, beauty and theatrical media makeup learners. Exceptional Employer & Apprentice Awards Preston College held an evening of celebration for our employer partners and apprentices in the annual ‘Exceptional Employer and Apprentice Awards.’ Apprentice of the Year Didar won the coveted title of ‘Apprentice of the Year.’ Read his story here. Matrix Accreditation Preston College successfully retains the prestigious Matrix accreditation. A Night at the BIBAs Preston College attended the BIBAS as official sponsor of the ‘Employer of the Year’ Award. 16-18 Destinations Meet the learners who have moved on to positive destinations in further education and/or employment. Meet the Apprentice Meet Emily, a Level 4 Fabrication and Welding apprentice at Leyland Trucks and destined to become their first ever female Manufacturing Engineer. Meet the Apprentice Meet Emily, an AAT Accounting apprentice at Blackpool Football Club. Helping to Build a Better Future Three leading house builders tell us why they partner with Preston College to hire apprentices. Employers Sponsor Scholarship Learners As our curriculum continues to expand, Preston College opens applications for employer sponsors for our scholarship students. Our Apprentices We catch up with a group of apprentices who are learning their trade in the world of work. Adult Learners Adult courses are enrolling now. Meet the adults who are on career journeys and upskilling in their current roles. What We Offer See our comprehensive list of what we offer in our apprenticeship and adult provisions. Is there a course for you? Apprenticeship Funding explained An update on the funding available to you and how to reserve funding for your apprentices. 06 09 10 11 14 15 16 18 20 23 24 26 28 30 10 32 33


MHA Moore & Smalley For years Preston College has partnered with MHA Moore and Smalley to help train their future AAT accountants at their firm. Rebecca Coombes, HR Director at MHA Moore and Smalley says: “As a member of Ibrahim Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting at MHA Moore and Smalley “I chose an apprenticeship because it allowed to me to learn whilst also gaining experience in the field. It was more appealing to me due to the opportunity to use what I am learning in college and to then apply it in the workplace. “The apprenticeship has allowed me to develop my functional knowledge about accounting as well as my professional and work-based skills. “I am looking forward to completing my AAT at the first opportunity and then progress onto ACA to develop my knowledge and understanding further.” Olivia Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting at MHA Moore and Smalley “I chose to do an accountancy apprenticeship because it looked to be a better option for me than going to university. The apprenticeship has allowed me to develop my skills in many ways and I have access to the best possible support from my tutor. I am also gaining the experience I need to go further in the industry. “The apprenticeship has allowed me to develop key skills, especially my communication skills. I would like to continue my apprenticeship with MHA Moore and Smalley and progress onto the ACA or ACCA qualification.” the AAT Employer Scheme, MHA Moore and Smalley are proud to have 18 apprentices completing their AAT apprenticeship with Preston College. “Our apprentices are supported with their studies at Preston College by experienced tutors, whilst internally, our extensive student training plan, competency framework and experienced student mentors ensure that our students receive the very best support to achieve their AAT qualifications. Studies are complemented by obtaining on the job experience working with a diverse client base, enabling students to quickly gain confidence in their roles, whilst providing an excellent service to our clients.” “On successful completion of the AAT apprenticeship, we also support the next steps towards becoming a chartered accountant through the ACA/ACCA qualification.” For further information about the AAT Accounting apprenticeships please contact Becky on 01772 225772 or email 07

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Skills Development Fund Project Department of Education as part of a Skills Operator pilot. One of the key aims of the Skills Development Project is to improve collaboration across providers in Lancashire. Mick Noblett, Vice Principal for Curriculum Delivery and Planning says, “This project has been really successful in engaging eight college partners that span the breadth and width of Lancashire. This creates a shared vision which will impact this growing sector. It also allows us to shape a curriculum that’s fit for purpose for the future pipeline of learners to achieve in the green homes agenda and it will also allow employers to We are delighted to be working with eight partner colleges across the Lancashire region as part of the £1.26m Department for Education Skills Accelerator Project in Low Carbon Construction. Aiming to inspire the next generation of professionals in the Building Services sector to deliver the infrastructure, sustainability and new homes agenda of the future, the project strives to develop and deliver a curriculum which supports employers, whilst reducing carbon emissions in the UK. Preston College is leading this strategic project. The project has been funded by the upskill their existing staff to provide future skills to our community and anyone looking to embark in a career in construction. “This project has brought in £1.26m of investment and is the largest of the Lancashire projects in terms of collaboration. It is a shared vision to inspire all those in the industry. “We very much look forward to working in collaboration with these partner colleges to drive forward a low carbon future.” 09

On Monday 25th May, United Makeup Artists Expo (UMAE) hosted their first live, in person, Warpaint makeup competition in over two years. Taking place in Liverpool, they welcomed a high volume of contestants from a range of colleges. Emma Rutherford, Warpaint’s Editorial Director, hosted the competition, and gathered a collection of industry experts to judge the looks the students designed and created. Students competed in Bodypainting – themed “all the world’s a stage”, Creative – themed “sacred spaces”, Fashion – themed “geometry”, Character – themed “the Marvel universe” and Bridal – themed “international bride”. The judges were impressed by the high standard, making it a tough decision to choose the winning looks. A huge congratulations goes to Preston College learners Faye Smith and Erin Livermore! Warpaint Victory! AHT Awards Hair and beauty learners from a selection of 14-16 and adult courses competed in the AHT regional competition at Blackpool’s Norbreck Conference Centre. With ambitions of securing a place in the top three, to progress to the national finals, adult learners competed in the blow dry and evening style competition categories, with current first year learner, Mariam, securing third place in the blow dry category – a win which saw her compete in the category at national level. Wins for some of our youngest learners were also secured, with Year 10 learners Keila and Megan and Year 11 learner, Millie, impressively winning first, second and third place respectively in the prom make-up category. Year 10 learners Chloe and Martha also competed in the evening style category for their age group, both securing participation certificates, as did adult learners Immie and Jasmine. Fiona Birtchett-Sharpe, Head of School for Service Industries commented, “Participating in a range of competitions is an integral part of all of the hairdressing programmes here at Preston College, providing learners of all ages with opportunities that extend well beyond the realms of their in-salon and classroom based curriculum. Working under pressure, to set deadlines and as a team, these experiences provide additional insight into the vast world of hair and beauty and showcase a breath of industry opportunities that go beyond in-salon work.” Well done to everyone who participated in the competition! Winner – Faye Smith Model - Olivia Smith Winner - Erin Livermore Model - Aimee Hale 10

Tuesday 10th May saw the launch of our very first on campus ‘Exceptional Employer and Apprentice Awards’ and it did not disappoint! The awards evening was an opportunity for the College to thank employers for their exceptional contribution in supporting our learners to develop, achieve and progress in their careers. It was also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success and achievements of our amazing apprentices. Simon Nixon, Interim Principal and Chief Executive says, “It was a wonderful evening, made extra special by the contribution and The Exceptional Employer and Apprentice Awards 2022 Exceptional Employer Award Winners Identity Consult Louisa John Hair and Beauty Integrate Preston and Chorley Ltd The Lytham Dental Clinic Westair Flying School Limited participation of our staff and students. Our two brilliant comperes for the evening were our very own Actor Training Academy learners, Sam and Luke, who did a terrific job in opening the awards ceremony and presenting the Apprentice Awards. Our fantastic guest speaker Ruth Keeler (NHS) delivered an inspiring speech before presenting the Exceptional Employer Awards, and Nico and Max, our Year 2 Film and Photography learners, also did a superb job in taking the pictures you can see on the following pages.” Congratulations once again to all of this year’s finalists who were all worthy and well deserved winners. Apprentice Award Winners Innovation and Ideas – Henry Harrison Against All Odds – Sarah-Jane Wotherspoon Above and Beyond – Hassan Kalid Breaking Barriers – Gary Jones Rising Star – Charlie Jeffries Apprentice of the Year – Didar Mama Sponsors for the evening PP Bowker Motor Group Eric Wright Group Leyland Trucks Recyling Lives Royal Sanders UK 11



Meet The Apprentice of the Year! Didar, our young automotive apprentice, has been confirmed as the Preston College ‘Apprentice of the Year’ 2022. Didar came to the UK as a refugee from Iraq just six years ago after members of his family were tragically evicted from their home. Not being able to speak English, the only words in Didar’s vocabulary were ‘hi’ and ‘bye.’ Using his own initiative, and because of his love for cars, Didar visited Preston College hoping to enrol on an automotive course. However, Didar at this point needed help and support with his English speaking, and to complete his English and Maths qualifications. Preston College was able to give Didar the information, advice and guidance that he needed and enrolled him onto the English Speaking for Other Languages (ESOL) course. With 12 months of dedication and hard work on these courses, Didar completed his GCSE Maths achieving at Grade 4 and he also successfully achieved Level 2 English Functional Skills. From there he enrolled onto the Level 1 Automotive course. It was during this year that he achieved ‘Student of the Year’ for his hard work, dedication and commitment to his course and completed the course well within time, allowing him to progress onto his Level 2. Again, Didar showed no signs of stopping and achieved a high pass on his Level 2 course with the help of the apprenticeship team, mentorship and motivational talks (Didar struggled to believe in himself and would often question why he would be successful as a refugee over other UK citizens). Through sheer determination and steady growth in confidence, Didar successfully secured an apprenticeship with Bowker Motor Group (a Lancashire car dealership for Porsche, BMW and Mini) on the Level 3 Automotive programme and is well on his way to completing his qualification. His tutors emphasise that Didar is one of the hardest working individuals they have had the pleasure to teach and work with. They were blown away when Didar, after just 12 months on his ESOL course, revisited them and was able to have a full conversation with them. Didar is a strong ambassador for the College and for his peers. He has shown them that through hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. Kevin Cleever, work-based tutor for Automotive Technology says: “Didar is above all a quietly focussed learner who has shown real initiative and tenacity and is a valuable member of our college community.” Didar says: “I was very surprised and proud to win the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. When I enrolled at Preston College I could barely say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’. But everything has taken off since then. I chose automotive technology because I hoped it would offer me important transferable skills. The support I enjoy at Preston College helps. But it makes a big difference when you combine it with the first-hand experience at Bowker. It is a great way to develop my learning by watching and speaking to colleagues too.” Earlier this year Bowker Motor Group entered into a long-term partnership with the College. The new automotive technologies partnership will help apprentices learn a breadth of knowledge, skills and behaviours in their specific area. The partnership with Bowker Motor Group has already led to apprenticeship opportunities within customer service and various automotive pathways within their prestigious dealerships. For Bowker, Richard Rawlings said: “Congratulations to Didar. Bowker Motor Group have dedicated their time to involve learners in valuable work placement opportunities, with the potential to move to an apprenticeship programme. The development of our partnership enables learners to capture and experience industry, combined with underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours. Students are getting a fantastic opportunity to learn bespoke engines to help with their understanding of the automotive industry. Didar is a great example of the difference our partnership can make.” Mark Taylor, Head of School for Engineering and Automotive Technologies says: “We could not be prouder of Didar. What this young man has achieved in just 6 years is remarkable and truly inspirational. The relationship with Bowker ensures we are able to give young learners like Didar a real opportunity to learn the technical skills in the automotive industry. The skills he’ll learn alongside Preston College’s industryexperienced staff and the professional technician team at Bowker, will set strong foundations for a fulfilling and successful career. A huge well done from all of us at Preston College.” 14

Earlier this year Preston College were subject to a formal review of the Matrix Accreditation, having last been inspected in June 2019. The Matrix Standard is a Department of Education (DfE) standard, which ensures the quality of the delivery of information, advice, guidance and personal development. Matrix benchmarks against best practice, only offering accreditation to those who meet the full standard. The rigorous and robust process took place at Preston College over a one week period, where over 45 meetings took place with a selection of college staff, students and external stakeholders, exploring the quality of Preston College Successfully Retains Prestigious Matrix Accreditation! Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) across the College. Debbie Ireland, Head of Curriculum for 14-19 said: “The Matrix assessment is a robust process, measured against national benchmarks. This positive outcome reflects the Preston College mission of helping to create the most employable learners, developing social mobility and supporting a thriving local economy. “High quality advice, guidance and personal development support is at the heart of this mission and we are delighted that the accreditation received in 2019 has been retained.” 15

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Just last month, Preston College were honoured to attend the BIBA Awards as sponsor of the ‘Employer of the Year Award’ category. Congratulations to all of the finalists and in particular, a huge “Well Done” to Service Care Solutions who took the coveted title of ‘Employer of the Year’ for the second consecutive year. Service Care Solutions, a recruitment agency located on Starkie Street in Preston city centre, has been operating for over 16 years and employs around 90 staff. They specialise in recruiting both temporary and permanent staff across nine divisions including Healthcare, Social Care, Legal, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Sales and Business Support, Housing and Construction. The company operates nationwide for a wealth of private clients, local authorities, and NHS trusts. Chris Musgrove, Managing Director, comments, “This is a tremendous accolade for us and an achievement the whole company should be proud of. People are at the heart of our business and winning this award is the recognition that Service Care Solutions and all its employees thoroughly deserve. “This award is so much more than how we perform as a business; it is about how we have come together in challenging A Night At The BIBAs Service Care Solutions receiving their award circumstances to do something truly special. I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous effort from everyone across Service Care Solutions, during what has been a challenging time for so many.” Linzi Monks, Head of Apprenticeships at Preston College says: “Service Care Solutions have now won this accolade two years running. It was great to see how much they had continued to build on the strength of their employees in the last year. It was clear to see by their reaction when they won, just how much it meant to them! “The applications in this category were very strong, it was a tight race. It was inspiring to hear how these businesses continually look out for the wellbeing of their staff and how they develop their infrastructures to support their workforce whilst maintaining clear business objectives.” Linzi continues: “Service Care Solutions demonstrated innovative management initiatives that had enabled their business to grow substantially whilst employing strategies that had a positive impact on their staff motivation and engagement. Their investment in their staff through education and training encourages internal progression and succession planning and their value-led approach creates tangible benefits for their workforce and makes them an excellent recipient for Employer of the Year.” This award was open to businesses that could demonstrate exceptional commitment to skills workforce development, supported by excellent employment practices, rewards programmes and employee engagement. The judges were looking for: > An open, inclusive work culture > Best Practice and inspiring leadership and management > Staff training, development, retention, and recruitment > An innovative working environment and staff facilities > Encouraging young people into the business via work experience, apprenticeships or traineeships. Linzi adds: “The BIBAs is always a wonderful evening where businesses come together to celebrate their achievements and their success over the year. The room is filled with amazing people who have collectively worked so hard to get to where they are and to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. A huge well done to all of the finalists of the evening. It really is a privilege to share the evening with such remarkable people of which we were proud to support.” Preston College enjoy a night of celebration 17

16-18 Destinations At Preston College our mission is to make our learners employable. Whether their career starts after college or university, we prepare them for their next steps through the combination of technical qualifications with industry placements so they develop the right skills and experience to progress successfully. Here are a few examples of our learners progressing to university, employment and apprenticeships. Olivera Destination > Employment Before studying at Preston College, Olivera attended school in Romania. Unsure of her career aspirations when she started, she has now secured employment at a local nursery. “I didn’t speak any English when I arrived at college. The teachers have been so supportive and I’ve gained qualifications in ESOL and Childcare. I have just finished my Level 3 in Early Years and I have been offered employment in the nursery where I did my work placement. I have enjoyed every minute of college.” Lily Destination > Employment Lily has successfully completed her Level 3 in Travel and Tourism at Preston College and progresses on to employment with Jet2 as Cabin Crew. “I am thrilled with my new job and can’t wait to start it. My course has helped me gain confidence and build up my knowledge of the industry. I have had the best support from positive, caring and motivated tutors.” Max Destination > Employment Following completion of his Level 3 in Film & Photography, Max has set up his own business working as a freelance photographer and videographer. Receiving additional support and advice from his tutors, Max already has a number of projects booked in. “I completed a work placement doing promotional work for a local theatre company. It helped me get an idea for how working in this industry would be, dealing with clients and briefs, and working around people to get appealing promotional photos and videos.” 18

Eleanor Destination > University Initially enrolling to a plumbing course, Eleanor realised that this wasn’t the right career choice for her. Supported by staff, Eleanor transferred to the Level 1 Vocational Studies programme which gave her opportunities to experience different areas. She has now completed the Level 1 in Vocational Studies, a Level 2 and 3 in Media and is progressing to Edge Hill University to study Policing. “The Level 1 course supported me to develop different skills and I made lots of new friends. I have been through so many emotions over the years but I have come out the other side as a better person. I have met so many supportive people that have made a huge impact on my life.” Charlotte Destination > University Charlotte is progressing to the Manchester Metropolitan University to study Coaching in the Community. As part of her degree she will deliver coaching session at the Etihad Stadium. “When I applied for my degree course I didn’t think I would get in. It is so competitive and it is a top five university for Sport. I was so pleased to get accepted. My career aspiration is to become a PE teacher and this pathway will help me achieve my goal.” Daniel Destination > Apprenticeship Daniel studied Level 1 and Level 2 Plastering at Preston College and progresses onto an apprenticeship in Property Maintenance. Daniel has received support from the SEND team and the Communication Support Workers for his impaired hearing. “During my course I completed work experience with an employer who has offered me an apprenticeship in Property Maintenance. My tutors and the support team, alongside my work experience, have helped me to feel more confident to try new things.” Laura Destination > Apprenticeship Laura wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she joined Preston College and had no destination in mind. Laura’s Level 3 in Applied Science has supported her in securing an apprenticeship that will allow her to progress to a HND in Science. “I really enjoyed my time at Preston College. The lessons are fun and enjoyable with plenty of practical work. The support from teachers is amazing, they will not let you fail and help you find what you want to do in the future. My apprenticeship was recommended to me by my teacher.” 19

Meet The Apprentice Emily is a 4th year Fabrication & Welding apprentice working in the very busy Prototype department at Leyland Trucks. Recently winning Leyland Trucks’ ‘Apprentice of the Year Award 2021,’ Preston College’s ‘Above and Beyond Award’ in our Exceptional Employer & Apprentice Awards 2022 and shortlisted to win the BIBAS’ ‘Apprentice of the Year Awards’, Emily is proving to be a force to be reckoned with and well on her way to potentially becoming Leyland Trucks’ very first female Manufacturing Engineer. Speaking to her employer they have nothing but incredible words for their pioneering apprentice, particularly as she had to overcome a traumatic start to her apprenticeship. “Emily lost her mentor 12 months ago, who unfortunately passed away from Covid. This was a huge personal and professional loss for Emily and required to her to take over a much more significant role within the workshop at short notice. “She showed incredible resilience in the face of adversity,” they tell us, “and stepped up to ensure the smooth running of the department. Her attitude and behaviour personified what her mentor taught her, particularly with regards to teamwork and consistency.” They tell us that Emily is trusted implicitly and is trusted by managers to go out and spec/cost jobs within the business as her skill set is so developed. “She is also a mentor to other apprentices, particularly two other female apprentices that are new to the department. She has provided advice and support to college colleagues, the workshop, and how to navigate the world of work. Specifically, she recently provided support to an apprentice who had some serious and sensitive concerns.” We are told that Emily provides mature advice and direction which results in the issue being dealt with tactfully and having a positive outcome. She also volunteers to be part of the apprentice buddy scheme to help the new intake each year embed themselves in the business, provide advice, support and is a friendly face, particularly in those first few weeks. What’s more, Emily has supported the ‘Women in Engineering’ activities they have run on many occasions. This has included taking part in discussions around engineering careers to the girls from local high schools and promoting this pathway to them. More recently Emily took part in a corporate video for the PACCAR Women’s Association displaying the value of women within the business with a one liner to display their strength. Emily quite aptly had the phrase ‘I am limitless.’ They go on to say, “Her workmanship is second to none and she performs to a consistently high standard. She has performed really well academically and has never required a prompt to complete her work, even finishing ahead of time compared to other apprentices within her year group. She has developed a comprehensive portfolio of work, far beyond anything required for evidence in her apprenticeship, with a view to sharing this learning with anyone who may need to use it as a reference when carrying out specific tasks. “She is a polite, intelligent young lady who approaches people respectively and provides knowledgeable suggestions to her colleagues. She will have a go at any job she is given and shows a positive attitude in her work. “Emily is always willing to promote the business to aspiring apprentices and takes an active role in both company presentations and the ‘women in engineering’ work that Leyland Trucks undertake. “We are very proud to have Emily within the business and are confident that she will go on to be a great success and have a long and successful career with us.” Well Done Emily! 20


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For further information about the range of AAT Accounting apprenticeships. please contact Becky on 01772 225772 or email Meet The Apprentice Emily joined Blackpool Football Club in May 2021 as a Level 3 Accounts apprentice. Since then, she has completed her apprenticeship and been offered a full-time role at the Club who are also investing in her future development. Here she tells us of her apprenticeship journey and how the apprenticeship has benefited her. “During my time as an Accounts apprentice at Blackpool Football Club, I loved seeing my progression in the role and the skills I developed along the way. Initially, at the start of my apprenticeship in May 2021, I took control of the Accounts email inbox. I would carry out basic accounting tasks such as uploading invoices received, creating sales invoices, and answering supplier and customer queries. “As of April 2022, my accounting knowledge had increased immensely. My tasks became more advanced, and I now take full control of the payables and receivables ledgers, completing the cash forecasts, advising on payment runs, completing payroll for over 200 employees across the organisation and posting month end journals. “As of September 2022, I have recently completed my AAT Level 3 and achieved a distinction. I am pleased to say that I have now progressed onto my next level of training whilst continuing to work full-time at Blackpool Football Club in the Accounts Department as Junior Management Accountant. “I am further increasing my knowledge and skills at work and taking on the responsibility of completing the monthly Management Accounts for Blackpool Football Club and Blackpool Football Club Hotel. I wish to progress onto ACCA qualifications to become a qualified Chartered Accountant. ACCA qualifications are more advanced, so I am eager to use my knowledge of AAT and my work experience to support me whilst learning new accounting concepts and gaining further knowledge. “I believe that by obtaining my accounting qualifications through the apprenticeship programme, I developed the practical skills and understanding which allowed me to excel in my first steps to becoming a qualified Accountant. Whilst working at Blackpool Football Club, I have been able to apply the information I learnt studying my AAT Level 3 at Preston College to the real-life situations working in an Accounts department. “As a result, I can further understand my qualification and relate my studies to how each task is completed practically in the office. By applying my knowledge of both practical situations and information learnt on my AAT Level 3 course, I have been able to obtain better exam results. For example, in my AAT Level 3 Advanced Bookkeeping exam, I achieved 100%. “Another advantage of studying through the apprenticeship programme is that I work for a business who invests in me and wants me to exceed in my career. Therefore, I am eager to show my employers that I will achieve excellent results in my exams because of the time and training they have invested in me. “The work experience element of my apprenticeship gives me a larger network of support outside Preston College from my colleagues who have wide-ranging knowledge of accounting. As a result, I can ask for help regarding my college work if I have any queries or if I wish to understand a topic further. “Looking back on my progression within the last 10 months and looking forward to the new tasks that lie ahead, I am proud to see how far I have come and excited to challenge myself in the future. I would recommend anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it!” Blackpool Football Club says: “Emily has showcased the best possible outcome for the apprenticeship programme, both for herself and Blackpool Football Club. She has applied her in class learning to real-world scenarios, excelling both academically and professionally. She has developed immensely in her time with the organisation, which has benefitted the Finance function and wider business. Emily has a bright future ahead, and we are delighted to help a capable young person achieve their aims.” Gina Moran, Emily’s work-based tutor at Preston College says: “Emily has all the attributes to make an excellent Assistant Accountant. She has excelled in her apprenticeship role at Blackpool Football Club, progressing her knowledge, skills and behaviours at a fantastic rate and is willing to take on new challenges whilst embracing the changes that she has encountered. In her Level 3 qualification Emily took her first exam in Advanced Book Keeping, which is one of the more demanding exams, and she achieved a phenomenal 100%! This is an exceptionally rare result, however Emily remains modest about her achievement. She is a delight in the class being polite and friendly. I am sure she will continue to excel in her performance both at college and in the workplace.” 23

Helping to Build a Better Future Back in 2015, research which was carried out for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) showed that there was a real need for construction skills across all levels in Lancashire, highlighting a very obvious skills gap in the county relating to the significant incoming City Deal investment. In an urgent response, Preston College initiated the ‘Central Lancashire Construction Skills Hub’, leading a group of partners including local authorities, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and other local training providers to work collaboratively to ensure that provision across Lancashire was developed to meet the identified skills shortages in Construction. Central to our planning was ensuring that local individuals and businesses prospered from the inward investment, and we proactively set about the process of research, engagement and curriculum development. The Central Lancashire Construction Skills Hub continues to have significant impact. The construction provision at Preston College has grown and diversified, currently being our largest technical curriculum area across college-based and apprenticeship provision. Learner numbers have grown exponentially, whilst the range and breadth of employer and other partners is significant. Preston College is proud to work with some of the largest leading house builders in the region. Tyler Smith Rowland Homes Tyler Smith, a Level 2 bricklaying apprentice at Rowland Homes says: “I chose to do an apprenticeship with Rowland Homes because I like the idea of experiencing work onsite and learning whilst at the same time earning a salary. Hopefully after the training and learning I will become a fully qualified bricklayer which will lead to future success”. Linda Gaskin at Rowland Homes says: “We recruit six apprentices and joiners with Preston College every year. We make sure that collaboratively, the apprentices learn new skills within their trade and they gain as much real life work experience on a construction site. They are led by a team of industry experts and each have a mentor that supports them and guides them though their learning. Knowing that the apprentices come to college one day a week to learn the technical skills enriches their apprenticeship journey. The partnership works well and our apprentices are thriving.” Reece Bolton, Level 2 joinery apprentice says: “I was in my midtwenties and wanted a career change. I enjoyed helping my dad onsite which led to the apprenticeship. Working with new people in different places and working on different things each week really appeals to me. I am looking forward to completing my Level 2 and progressing onto the Level 3; to become competent at my job and to be fully self-employed after my apprenticeship.” 24

For further information about the range of construction apprenticeships we offer or to speak to one of our advisors about hiring an apprentice, please email or call 01772 225768. Zac Hill Wain Homes Chris Lafferty, Construction Director at Wain Homes says: “We recruit six apprentices and joiners with Preston College every year. We make sure that collaboratively, the apprentices learn new skills within their trade and they gain as much real life work experience on a construction site. They are led by a team of industry experts and each have a mentor that supports them and guides them through their learning. Knowing that the apprentices come to the College one day a week to learn the technical skills enriches their apprenticeship journey. The partnership works well and our apprentices are thriving.” Zac says: “I’m thrilled to be an apprentice and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with Wain Homes. I am able to move between sites if I’m needed elsewhere and the team here are great to work with. I feel like I’m learning so much and looking forward to progressing in my career with Wain Homes once I’m qualified.” Robbie Parker Persimmon Homes Kevin Farrington, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire says: “With the need for new housing well documented, we know how important it is to support construction students and help develop a diverse, talented workforce for the years ahead. “We are particularly proud of our links to local colleges and helping young people across the region to develop the skills they need to pursue one of the many exciting careers that housebuilding has to offer. “Attracting young people from all backgrounds is absolutely vital to make up for those retiring from the industry. That is why we continue to build upon the 650 apprentices and trainees we currently have across the group and launched our Target 50 initiative, to take on another 50 female apprentices and technical trainees in construction facing roles this year.” Robbie Parker, Level 2 bricklayer apprentice says: “I am grateful to be an apprentice bricklayer with one of the UK’s leading 5 star house-builders, Persimmon Homes. I am enjoying learning the skills which will see me complete my qualifications. This will help me future proof my salary and continue to work for Persimmon Homes or become self-employed.” 25

Employers Sponsor Scholarship Learners Scholarship Learners Over the past four years Preston College has delivered a successful scholarship programme for our learners across our full range of Level 3 subject areas; Health and Social Care, Professional Construction, Engineering, Digital and ICT, Aeronautical Engineering, Science, Sport, Travel and Tourism, Early Years, Performing Arts, Dance and Public Services; with one available scholarship per subject-area. The scholarship programme is a fantastic opportunity for learners who are able to demonstrate high aspirations of success in their chosen subject sector, alongside the motivation to work above and beyond their initial starting points. For many of our learners, personal circumstances often provide a barrier to the fulfilment of their aspirations, however, securing a scholarship can, for some, provide a real opportunity to overcome these difficulties. The scholarship programme acknowledges the dedication and commitment individual learners make to both their chosen subject and the wider college through the provision of a tailored package of reward, alongside the kudos of being aligned to the scholarship programme – an invaluable addition to CVs and UCAS applications. The package typically consists of: > Free travel pass for the course duration > £1,000 paid over a 2 year period > Free gym membership to the College gym > A branded and personally named hoodie Employer Opportunities As our curriculum continues to expand, we made the decision earlier this last year to offer local businesses the opportunity to sponsor a scholarship learner, or to contribute to the programme in other ways. This could be through the sponsorship of an individual or by offering guaranteed work experience opportunities, to shape and develop skills and nurture aspirations. Employer partners are able to witness the positive impact their support has on the development of the scholar, whilst also providing an invaluable contribution to the education sector. We are delighted that 4 of our local employers stepped forward and we are thrilled to announce that they are sponsoring five of our learners. Daniel Ross, Framework Manager at Rise Construction says: “Rise Construction Framework is a pro-social business based in the North West, operating across the North West, North Wales and Yorkshire & the Humber. Rise offers a compliant route way for public sector organisations to procure capital works and services whilst delivering truly life changing social impact. By investing a portion of all of it’s profits into intervention and prevention initiatives Rise is helping to change the lives of thousands of people across our communities. “Following the procurement of Walter Carefoot & Sons and Frank Whittle Partnership through the Rise framework by Preston College to deliver the Construction Skills Centre, Rise ring-fenced community funding to support the local community. If you would like to know more about the scholarship scheme and sponsoring a learner, please contact Debbie Ireland on: 26

Discussions with Preston College helped to identify the need for funding to aid local young people to access further education. Rise has sponsored a scholarship student attending Preston College for two years, funding travel and other expenses associated with accessing education. This funding has been made possible by Preston College choosing to procure through a pro-social business.” Employer Rewards As an integral part of the on-going success of the scholarship scheme, all employer partners who sponsor a scholarship learner will receive: > A framed certificate > Feedback from the sponsored learner as they progress throughout their programme of study > Use of the business logo and name featured on the sponsored individual’s case study and other marketing material > A bespoke invitation to meet the chosen scholars as part of the scholarship induction day > A feature in the Preston College B2B Magazine, ‘The Most’ > A regular feature as part of the wider scholarship scheme promotion, including tags on all Preston College social media channels. Selection of Scholars The application process for a scholarship opportunity opens in November each year, for prospective Level 3 learners applying to join the College next September. Upon closing, a cross-college selection process takes place, with shortlisted applicants then interviewed. At interview, applicants are assessed on their responses to specific scholarship questions, providing opportunities to articulate plans for the course of study, aspirations for the future and personal qualities. This selection process highlights which applicants are suitable for the programme. Typically, we receive a large number of high calibre applicants, with many performing extremely well at interview, making the selection quite difficult. Lexi, who has just left us to go on to an apprenticeship following her scholarship at Preston College says: “In my second year at Preston College I was lucky enough to have been selected as a scholarship student when I began my course. To hear that Eric Wright Construction were offering a place on sponsorship programme was incredible and such a fantastic opportunity. I couldn’t believe I had been selected and I was over the moon that I had the chance to work with such a well-respected organisation in the region.” Scholar Expectations In return, appointed scholars are expected to demonstrate high standards within their curriculum area of study, setting the benchmark to inspire and encourage others. Excellent attendance and punctuality, alongside striving to hit and exceed target grades is also expected. In addition, all appointed scholars are expected to represent the College through attendance at college open events, engaging and showing prospective new learners and parents around the campus. They also meet with Governors, attend parents’ evenings and other appropriate events, including assembly presentations at their former secondary schools. The expectations are high, however, the robust selection process has allowed the college to appoint some fantastic ambassadors; a collective group of young people with high aspirations and a willingness to step out of their comfort zone to better their skills, knowledge and confidence and to showcase the very best of both Preston College and their individual subject areas. 27

Our Apprentices Our apprentices represent the next generation of workers for our region and beyond. They work hard to study towards their qualifications whilst simultaneously working in a full time job in their chosen industry. These learners have impressed local employers with their passion, enthusiasm and potential. We have over 900 apprentices on programme each academic year and we are proud of each one of them for what they achieve. Here are just a few of those apprentices who are making their way into the world of work and the future pipeline of Lancashire’s workforces. Ibrahim Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting at MHA Moore and Smalley “The apprenticeship has allowed me to develop my functional knowledge about accounting as well as my professional and work-based skills.” Isabel Dental Nurse - Level 3 at Sharoe Green Dental Practice “I have loved working as a dental nurse apprentice and have learnt so much from the other dentists in the practice. I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about an apprenticeship. It’s given me the life skills and industry skills that will help me to continue in my career.” Josef Hair Professional - Level 2 at Jo and Cass “My confidence has grown, even in such a short space of time and I have made friends for life. I was worried that I would miss out on the College lifestyle, but with the mix of working and a day release to college, this has really benefited me. It’s without doubt, one of the best things I have done.” 28

Furqaan Engineering Technician - Level 3 at Premier Hose Technologies “Already my apprenticeship has allowed me to enhance my skills and knowledge in this industry and I love that I go home each day having learnt that bit more. I’m really excited for what the future holds.” Honor Beauty Therapist - Level 2 at Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel “The apprenticeship has really allowed me to learn so much and I’m grateful to Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel for giving me the opportunity to work and learn here. I am looking forward to progressing onto the Level 3.” Tom Site Joinery - DSL Construction Level 2 “The College tutors are very helpful and motivate me to be the best person and joiner I can be. I hope to become a fully qualified joiner with the skills I need to manage my own company.” Lexi Degree Apprenticeship in Site Management at Eric Wright Construction Group “I have enjoyed going out on site with the engineers and understanding what goes on and how things work. I am now starting a degree apprenticeship in site management.” 29

Adults Learners Preston College offers a wide range of adult courses at all levels. Whether you are looking to kick-start a new career, learn a new skill, or advance an already established role with additional qualifications, our wide range of evening and part-time courses ensure that there is something for everyone. Here are just a few recent success stories, highlighting how courses, tutors and industry standard facilities have supported individuals to achieve. David Counselling Level 2 to BSc (Hons) “I joined the Counselling course at Preston College having spent years working in customer service and sales. I progressed from Level 2 to BSc (Hons) and now support young people in educational settings within Preston. I also have my own private practice.” Susan English Functional Skills “I joined the English Functional Skills course to allow me to progress onto a Veterinary Nursing course, as supported by my employer. I studied three key areas of English and really enjoyed the course. I have found my new skills invaluable for both my current and future work.” Acerina ESOL and Leadership & Management “I joined the College in 2017 on an ESOL course with just basic English skills. Since then I have successfully progressed through a range of programmes and I am now studying a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship and I am employed by the College.” Nathan Welding Level 1 Award “Having spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF), I joined the Level 1 Welding course to allow a successful transition into a career within the wind farm industry. I wanted to do the course for both personal and professional development and I am keen to progress onto Level 2 study.” 30