Hartlepool college makes top 10 for delivering apprenticeships

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A COLLEGE has been ranked in the top 10 for delivering apprenticeships in England.

The Skills Funding Agency statistics show Hartlepool College of Further Education ranks seven in the new table.

Around one in four of our 16-18 year old students are employed as apprentices so it is significant achievement. It is superb news for the many employers in the region that support our apprenticeship programme and it couldn’t be achieved without their continued support. Hartlepool College of Further Education principal Darren Hankey

And in another development, the study listed the college in the top 10 for both key apprenticeship measures of overall and timely achievement.

It’s another welcome boost for the college, which was judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted in June last year. The Ofsted report praised the college for having significant strengths around apprenticeships.

The study also places the town centre college in the top 20 per cent of general further education colleges for student success on full or part time courses.

Assistant principal at the college Steve Wallis explained why the new Skills Funding Agency report was so important.

He said: “The data is released annually by the Skills Funding agency and is helpful in benchmarking the college against other organisations. The recent data release is based on the 2013/2014 academic year.

“Position in the table will inevitably vary from year to year, but it is good news for young people and their parents considering options for September, as we are able to provide assurance that their local FE college is amongst the best in the country for apprenticeships and is also performing strongly for full and part time courses.”

Principal Darren Hankey was just as proud of the college’s success.

He said: “Around one in four of our 16-18 year old students are employed as apprentices so it is significant achievement.

“It is superb news for the many employers in the region that support our apprenticeship programme and it couldn’t be achieved without their continued support.”

A breakdown of the study shows Hartlepool College of Further Education had 460 apprentices who completed their courses in the 2013-14 year.

This meant 86.4 per cent of all apprentices managed that achievement.

Only Craven College, City of Westminster, Dudley College, Waltham Forest, Barnsley and Epping Forest had a better percentage rate in England. And only two colleges in the top ten - Dudley and Barnsley, successfully got more apprentices through their courses during the study timescale.