Wisbech college tackles skills gap

Apprentice Rose Bradshaw (18) from Leverington who is employed by Nestle Purina. ANL-150605-144006001
Apprentice Rose Bradshaw (18) from Leverington who is employed by Nestle Purina. ANL-150605-144006001

The College of West Anglia is ready to face the skills gap head-on, with its state of the art facilities, training programmes and industry-trained staff.

A recent report titled “The State of Engineering,” produced by Engineering UK, highlights the importance of engineering and skilled engineers and their vital contribution to the UK economy (£455.6 billion to UK GDP in 2014).

The College of West Anglia – along with partners including Norfolk County Council, West Norfolk Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Fenland District Council – have invested heavily into its facilities and courses on offer. This includes a £7.2m centre at the Isle campus in Wisbech.

“The report confirms the challenges that we already know exist. There will be 2.56 million job opportunities in the UK between now and 2022, we want to be making sure that we as a college are supporting local employers by meeting their training needs and giving them opportunity to expand,” said Stephen Lowery, head of faculty for technology at the college.

The college currently has over 300 engineering apprentices across the two campuses, all employed with a range of local and national engineering and electrical companies.