The college achieved an 85.7% achievement rate across all apprenticeship vocations, leaving it just 1.4% behind table-topping Epping Forest College, in the Skills Funding Agency rankings.
Principal Darren Hankey was overwhelmed by the college’s success and praised the hard work of staff, students and employers, and made the point of apprenticeships being a real alternative to A-levels.
Hankey said: “Taking this route is very effective, not only for the apprentices themselves but for the employers who can train the students and mould them into an employee who fits straight into their workforce.
“We have built up excellent relationships with hundreds of local and regional employers over the years, and it is fantastic that Hartlepool College of Further Education remains their first port of call when they look at their recruitment programmes.”
Greg Robson, head of training, development and organisation at Caterpillar Peterlee, also praised the college for its latest performance.
He highlighted the college’s support of students through their qualifications and also the values they are taught such as taking accountability in the quality of their work and safe working practices.
Robson added: “Over the last six years we have continued to work with Hartlepool College of Further Education for the delivery of all Caterpillar Peterlee apprenticeships.
“Everyone at Caterpillar Peterlee offers their congratulations to the college.”
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