A new engineering centre of excellence has opened at Gainsborough College, which has launched its Made in Gainsborough apprenticeship programme.
Lincoln College Group (LCG) CEO Gary Headland was joined by West Lindsey District Council Chairman Pat Mewis to cut the chain to open the MiG centre at Gainsborough College.
The new facility aims to train local apprentices for successful careers in the industry.
AMP Rose, Eminox, Wefco, Regal, Trepko, Clean Tech, A Schulman and Hooton Engineering are all partners with the college at the MiG Centre of Excellence.
The first 20 apprentices have enrolled on their two-year programme that will lead to secure and lucrative careers with these firms.
LCG CEO Gary Headland said: “Made in Gainsborough is a great demonstration of our mission; to be employer-led, producing a highly skilled and productive local workforce. It shows what can be achieved when businesses work together with training providers like ourselves.
“Together we have developed a new apprenticeship programme that will directly address the needs of our employer partners and lead to successful careers for local people.
“I’d like to thank our partner employers, West Lindsey District Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership for their collaboration on this project.
“We are confident that this programme will continue to grow and add recognised economic and social value to communities in the West Lindsey area.”
Student Harry Compte said: “I went for the apprenticeship as part of the MiG programme as I wanted a career, not just a job.
“The best thing about it has been the benefits of working for an employer, like earning money while I learn my skills – plus it’s been good to be out in the real working world.
“I’ve worked in engineering before, but I wanted to make a career out of it and being a part of MiG has been great – just knowing I have a guaranteed job at the end of it is the best feeling.”
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