Weston College has has launched a campaign to create 600 new jobs and training opportunities in six months.
The initiative will highlight the various ways that employers can engage with the college, including taking on apprentices and offering work placements to students.
As well as providing apprenticeships and work experience, employers can involve themselves by giving guest lectures, upskilling their staff supporting inclusion in the workplace, accessing the college’s pre-employment programmes to find new recruits, accessing the award-winning offender learning programme to employ ex-offenders, and provide students with ‘real-life’ projects to work on during their course.
The campaign runs from 4 February until 5 July.
Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, said: “One of the greatest challenges faced by the education sector, and society as a whole, is equipping people with the skills they need in an increasingly competitive and ever-changing world.
“The ‘600 in 6’ campaign takes up that challenge by seeking to inspire the future workforce, and supplementing learning programmes with relevant workplace skills and experience.
“This enterprising campaign is also about working with businesses to understand their training and recruitment needs and, ultimately, deliver genuine economic impact.
“Every opportunity ‘pledged’ by an employer will, potentially, change the life of a learner, and also bring a raft of benefits for their business and the region.”