Macclesfield College has beaten its 'Macclesfield Manifesto' target to create 100 new apprenticeships in and around the town within the first 100 days of 2019, and local MP, David Rutley, joined students and staff at the College, to celebrate this impressive achievement.
In total, a hugely impressive 104 placements were reached since 1st January. David addressed the well-attended event and congratulated the College on its clear success in meeting the ambitious target it set out at the start of the year. He highlighted the positive difference that this important initiative has made to the lives of many local young people, helping to build on the College's proven track record of working collaboratively with employers to seek to address skills gaps locally and support economic growth and development in the town.
The new apprenticeships created cover a wide variety of sectors and skills, from construction and engineering, to Management, and Information & Communications Technologies, demonstrating the many opportunities available to local young people. The Manifesto was aimed at local employers recruiting apprentices from all socio-economic backgrounds, to help ensure they gain invaluable, paid work experience while they learn, building vital skills and confidence at the same time. The programme has been delivered by the College's employer-responsive arm, Maxim Business Training, which has provided continuous and proactive support for employers and candidates alike, helping to ensure that both get the most out of this initiative.
There was more positive news recently for Macclesfield College, as it was announced that it has been rated as the overall best performing Further Education institution within Cheshire and Warrington, according to the latest statistics published in the National Achievement Rate Tables. This is a further boost to the College and its hardworking staff and students.
Speaking after the event, David said, "Students and staff at Macclesfield College should be rightly proud of this huge achievement in reaching the Macclesfield Manifesto target, which has helped the College to meet its continued aspirations to create high-quality apprenticeship placements locally and address skills shortages. Building on its positive Ofsted rating last year, this remains an exciting time for the College, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with its senior leadership team, to help take forward its important work in and around local communities."