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Our Employer Partners

At Preston College we work in partnership with some of the county’s leading employers. Our relationships with them have been built over many years and we tailor our programmes to meet the needs of industry, ensuring our learners are equipped with the technical skills required by employers. 

Here you can find out about some of our partnerships: 

Leyland Trucks  

A key partner since 2015, Leyland Trucks is one of Britain’s leading manufacturing companies and has an established centre in Lancashire for light and medium duty truck design, development and manufacture. 

The company has provided considerable resources including a prototype truck to enhance the learner experience for Automotive Technology learners, and technical expertise – both in the lecture room and on-site courses at its factory. This allows our automotive apprentices to benefit from a real work environment, helping them to develop the technical skills that employers and universities want and need. 

Leyland Trucks also sponsors the Electrical & Electronics area of our iSTEM Centre to recreate a working environment using company procedures and values, health and safety protocols and departmental engineering practices. 

For more information on Leyland Trucks visit  

Eric Wright Group Learning Foundation  

Preston College has a successful partnership with Eric Wright Group, a leading property and construction business operating across many disciplines including construction, civil engineering, facilities management, health and care, water and housebuilding.  

The partnership allows us to offer a range of courses in construction and engineering by delivering hands-on experience The College recognises theory-based learning doesn’t always work in this sector and our teaching is realigned with industry needs. We worked hand-in-hand with Eric Wright Group to develop the curriculum. 

Our facility replicates a live construction site and features ‘pods’ with low-level scaffolding to mimic the various stages of construction. Learners also undertake practical joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating workshops at the centre. 

For more information on Eric Wright Group visit  


We partner with JTL to deliver our building services engineering apprenticeship provision, providing Lancashire employers with an effective solution for their training needs. 

JTL is a national apprenticeship, training and assessment specialist that supports over 3,000 companies and 7,000 apprentices nationally every year across electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, and engineering maintenance. 

The partnership utilises the College’s industry standard workspaces and excellent employer links, whist accessing JTL’s sector and training expertise.  

For more information on JTL visit  

Preston North End Community and Education Trust  

Our training agreement with Preston North End Community and Education Trust enhances the Club’s Level 2 and Level 3 training programmes in sport by providing expertise in vocational-technical training and quality assurance checks. 

Based at Deepdale Stadium, the programmes provide learners with the option to continue their further education in a professional football club setting whilst still gaining a recognised qualification that could progress them into employment or onto university. 

Learners completing the course are also able to progress on to the Trust’s Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, allowing them to prolong their education whilst still being able to access the exclusive work experience and first class facilities that the professional football club can offer. 

For more information on the Community and Education Trust visit      

North Lancs Training Group (NTLG) 

Our partnership with national training provider North Lancs Training Group (NLTG) provides high quality hospitality training for learners. 

NLTG are one of the largest providers of workplace training and apprenticeships in the country and deliver to over 800 companies and 1,500 learners at any one time.  

Using state-of-the-art training facilities at Preston College, NLTG delivers programmes for young people aged 16-19 and adults looking to join, or return to, the job market. 

The innovative 18 week Traineeship programme will provide young people with a blend of classroom-based learning, essential qualifications and invaluable workplace training, supported by on-going careers guidance and subsidised travel. 

The partnership helps meet the workforce needs of the hospitality sector by ensuring there is a pipeline of highly skilled staff progressing into the industry. 

If you are interested in discussing a partnership, please contact Dan Crumblehulme on 01772 225743.