The Premdor Academy is a partnership between Barnsley College and Premdor, which provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge within engineering and manufacturing. Launched in 2018, the Academy provides great career opportunities for people in the Barnsley area whilst developing a highly skilled, motivated and engaged workforce for Premdor, to maintain a strong industry position.
“As time goes on, the Academy will help to reduce the risk of us suffering major skills shortages as we are continuously assessing and mitigating this through our work with the College. We can ensure that each apprentice we employ from the Academy has both the skills we need and the behaviours we expect to see too.
“Our more experienced engineers are able to pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to the younger recruits coming through the Academy, and our newly qualified apprentices are also mentoring the new recruits, which gives them management experience to enrich their skillset.
“Our apprentices have a very specific progression pathway that is determined from the outset of their employment with the business, and the assurance that we are investing in their future. Our commitment to their development is important to them and helps us to be a great employer of choice, it’s also key to our ability to retain them.
The Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been working with Barnsley College for a number of years and mandates that all new domestic staff complete the Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship.
“I have found the College to be really supportive working with our staff, many of whom are mature and a little cautious about embarking on this qualification.
“The tutors are encouraging and supportive in guiding staff through the course work and Functional Skills. Many of our staff work unsociable hours and the College has worked with us to ensure they get the same support as our day staff.”
Apprenticeships are at the heart of this global distribution giant’s training and development strategy.
“We have over 3,000 employees and you will always find at least one apprentice in each of our departments across the business. At the start of their course they spend three months in each of our warehouse departments. That nine months gives them a crucial understanding of our core operation and afterwards they get to choose a support team to work in for the final three months. Our apprentices find the job that they love and that makes them more likely to stay with us as a happy and productive member of our XPO family.
“The apprenticeship definitely helps us to retain talent and it often propels an existing employee into a different role that offers them new challenges and greater fulfilment. Over time, we are nurturing the development of our whole workforce so that each colleague is multi-skilled and has an in-depth understanding of the core business.
“Barnsley College consistently delivers candidates who have that great attitude and work ethic. The College is very responsive to our needs and the quality of the training is excellent.”
Sheffield-based Fox Catering Fabrications Ltd recruited Georgia on a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. Georgia has become a well-respected member of the business’s service team, having made a significant impact in her role.
“Our apprentice, Georgia, has made a positive impact on our business. She undertakes a great deal of responsibility and has eased the burden within our Reactive Service department.
“Before finding Georgia, we were daunted by the prospect of finding a new employee as all avenues seemed to be controlled by third parties looking to profit from it themselves. Barnsley College ensured our experience was clear and simple; we would certainly use them again should the need present itself.”
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust works with Barnsley College on the recruitment of apprentices studying for the Level 2 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship who are training to become mental health support workers.
“We agree on a delivery plan which is tailored to the bespoke needs of the Trust and the individual apprentice’s learning style. To ensure our staff are progressing, the College provides regular progress updates and review meetings and they actively participate in our assessment centres.
“We have staff regularly passing their End Point Assessment and achieving their apprenticeship with very good support from the trainers at the College.”
Last updated: 12th October 2020