We are pleased to announce the launch of a new skills programme in collaboration with Anglian Water and its 12 alliance partners, providing a fully employer-supported multi-skill construction course.
This innovative pre-apprenticeship programme has been designed with the specific aim of attracting new talent into the utility sector and enabling learners to ultimately work for one of the Alliances’ companies as apprentices.
The majority of study in the year-long course will be held at the Grimsby Institute campus, delivered by college tutors through practical and theory-based sessions.
In addition to this, industry specialists from the Alliances will sponsor the programme “hands-on”, with specialist plant, materials, work experience and lectures, contributing to learning from day-one. An important element of the course is the work placement component with one or more of the Alliances’ partner companies.
All students who successfully complete the sponsored Level 2 Anglian Water Alliances Construction Programme will be guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship with Anglian Water Alliances.
Matt Smith, Head of Construction at the Grimsby Institute, said: “This is excellent news for the Institute and a fantastic opportunity for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in construction. They’ll experience and develop a number of skills throughout the year so they can make an informed decision about their future pathway. A guaranteed interview for an apprenticeship after qualification is a very unique and valuable opportunity to develop their career further ‘on the job’.”
Dave Newsome, Collaborative Skills Manager for Anglian Water Alliances, said: “We are focused on building partnerships that will create opportunities for training learners with the vital skills and behaviours needed to meet industry skills shortages. We were impressed by the college’s existing provision, their academic teams and “can-do” approach to working with employers. We don’t want to sponsor a programme by simply putting our name to it, we want to be in there working side by side with our chosen providers. Together we’ll tackle some of the great challenges facing the water industry by teaching and educating future leaders in the field.”
We are one of three new colleges selected as part of an ambitious talent expansion programme, alongside Milton Keynes College and West Suffolk College. The initiative has already been successfully piloted through the College of West Anglia at Wisbech in support of an area of social need and to raise career aspirations. Through this success, Anglian Water is dedicated to creating more employment opportunities in other parts of the region.
We are already recruiting for the course, which will begin this September. See our website for more details.