Blackpool Transport Invests in Apprentices

Blackpool Transport Invests in Apprentices

Blackpool Transport invests in apprentices, under a partnership forged with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).

A new staff development programme will see 45 existing employees embark on a Level 3 or Level 5 apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Plus, four new apprentices are joining the company in the coming weeks.

Blackpool Transport Invests in Apprentices

The four new apprenticeships will be in Engineering, Human Resources and Digital Marketing. Blackpool Transport is continuing its programme of investment, modernisation and exploitation of the latest technology.

Blackpool and The Fylde College is the learning provider for the apprenticeships. They’ll support employees through their studies over the course of the next 18 to 24 months. The development programme begins in May, run through the company’s recently established virtual training school. It aims to provide a community of lifetime learning and development, offering continuous training for all staff within the business.

Study will use some of the most modern and best equipped facilities available within B&FC. Those working towards Level 3 qualifications will study at the Lancashire Energy HQ campus at Squires Gate which was built just two years ago at a cost of £12.2 million. Level 5 students will use the B&FC University Centre on Park Road in Blackpool. Both campuses provide a very adaptable and class-leading learning environment.

Investing in People

Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport, said: “This investment in our people of the future is so exciting and a real milestone on our journey to provide a first-class local transport network with well-trained and highly-skilled staff members. Blackpool and The Fylde College has provided a huge amount of support and care already and I’m delighted to be able to work with such a fantastic centre of learning.”

Claire Lee, Business Development Director at B&FC for Business, the dedicated business support unit at the college, said: “We are very pleased to be Blackpool Transports partner of choice for the delivery of this exciting and ambitious workforce development strategy. It’s going to be an essential part of creating the world-class public transport system that Blackpool deserves.

“Our partnership is a prime example of how by working collaboratively we can make a long-term positive impact on the range and level of skills and talent that all progressive and growing businesses are facing today and that are needed across all business sectors to support the UK’S workforce of the future.”

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