Workers urged to learn a career in Hartlepool

SO MUCH TO OFFER: Hartlepool College of Further Education's apprenticeship open evening with MP Iain Wright speaking to Hart Biologicals representatives
SO MUCH TO OFFER: Hartlepool College of Further Education's apprenticeship open evening with MP Iain Wright speaking to Hart Biologicals representatives

A COLLEGE is calling on the next generation of workers to learn a career in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool College of Further Education held its fourth annual apprenticeship open evening with town MP Iain Wright in attendance and hundreds of people getting advice from 30 prospective employers.

We’re acutely aware of the fact that skills shortages and mismatches exist and that the problem is likely to be compounded in the coming years as the North East has an ageing workforce.

The college is now the second largest provider of apprenticeships for young people in the North East. It enjoyed an outstanding last academic year with 86.4 per cent of 459 apprentices completing their programmes compared to a national success rate of 70.3 per cent.

Over the same period, 88 per cent of 259 apprentices aged between 16 and 18, completed their apprenticeship programme.

Darren Hankey, principal and chief executive of the college, said: “A part of our success is to find out exactly what an organisation needs and then meet those needs in full. We work with some fantastic organisations in Hartlepool, the Tees Valley and across the North East.

“We’re acutely aware of the fact that skills shortages and mismatches exist and that the problem is likely to be compounded in the coming years as the North East has an ageing workforce. That said; as these figures suggest, we’re well placed to help organisations meet their future workforce development and talent management needs.”

Lorraine Thornton, manager of employer services at the college, said the college was “arguably one of the largest recruitment agencies for young people in the region and we represent many well- known employers”.

Information on apprenticeships is available on the college’s website at http://www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk