UKAR, based across two locations- Sunderland’s Doxford Park and Crossflats, West Yorkshire, has been working closely with the college over the last four years, recruiting over 30 apprentices.
The organisation, which runs the Government-owned businesses of NRAM and Bradford & Bingley, praised the quality of students who comes from the college, many of whom go on to become full time members of staff.
Bette Huitson, recruitment coordinator and apprentice Doxford site lead at UKAR, said: “We’re taking on apprentices that are adding real value to our business and we’re able to invest more time and effort into to developing their skills further enabling us to retain many of them as full time members of staff.”
After the success of the UKAR partnership, which received over 100 apprenticeship applications last year, the college is determined to forge more partnerships with similar organisations in order to provide students with the working skills they need, and to protect the region’s key industries.
Iain Nixon, executive director for commercial activity at Sunderland College, emphasised the accomplishments that can come from education and business’ working together.
“We’re working tirelessly to forge productive relationships across industries, ensuring we’re doing everything we can to help futureproof the regional workforce as well as develop work-ready and skilled young people to fill current employment gaps across the North East,” he said.
“Apprenticeships are one of a number of ways that further education can – and should – be more responsive to the needs of students, while supporting the regional economy and business community.”
Sunderland College currently offers apprenticeship programmes in skills ranging from accounting and business admin to catering and electrical.