WCG has been shortlisted in the Semta Skills Awards 2017 Training Partner of the Year category, after being nominated by Jaguar Land Rover for their work on training engineering apprentices.
Semta – the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance – is an employer-led organisation that aims to enable the UK engineering industry to compete on the global stage. Its prestigious annual awards honour the best in British Engineering and take place at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on Wednesday 8 March 2017 hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern.
Over the years WCG has worked with Jaguar Land Rover to develop innovative training solutions for the rapidly growing business, including apprenticeships to support new entrants as well as professional development for existing staff. Jaguar Land Rover engineering apprentices currently train with WCG at Warwick Trident College on advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships. The scheme has grown from just 100 apprentices training for 3 job roles a few years ago, to now over 500 apprentices training for 35 varying engineering roles in different parts of the company.
Angela Joyce, Group Principal and CEO of WCG said, “As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in the region, we are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious Semta Award.
“It is recognition of our strong relationship with Jaguar Land Rover and how we strive to meet their growing need for skilled engineers. Over a period of years, the Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship programme has been transformed, creating the skilled workforce required to meet their business goals.
“It was also the success of the Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship programme which enabled us, with the support of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, to build the ‘Centre for Product Creation’ at Warwick Trident College, providing much needed specialist facilities and capacity to increase the number of apprentices.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in the programme for this recognition of their hard work and dedication.”
Peter Husband, Group Deputy Principal at WCG said, “This is fantastic news for our team who deliver the Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship programme.
“We have developed the programme so the apprentices work the same hours as Jaguar Land Rover staff and when they are at college they use Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, equipment, software and replica training workshops. This means that they are truly ‘job ready’ when they return to the workplace.
“Our engineering staff are all experts in their field and are passing on that industry expertise to the next generation and the success of the apprentices is testament to that.
“We are very proud to be shortlisted for this award which acknowledges the success of our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover.”
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta said: “Our industry is often guilty of not shouting about its successes. The Semta Skills Awards gives us all the chance to tell the World just how good we are, the achievements we made – which is more important than ever as the country seeks to establish new partnerships in a post-Brexit world where skills will matter even more than they do now.
“I would like to congratulate and wish all the finalists good luck, it is a real achievement to get this far. March 8 2017 promises to be a fantastic evening of celebration where we can honour the very best in British Engineering and showcase the young skilled men, women and businesses both large and small that will help our economy grow.”
For more information about engineering courses and apprenticeships at WCG, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/engineering or call 0300 456 0049.