College nets NHS training deal

Thu 4 April 2013, 12:24 pm

Barking & Dagenham College has won a contract to provide higher-level apprenticeship training for the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Trust staff: apprenticeship training provided by college

The deal will see the college deliver new business and human resources courses for dozens of staff at the trust, which provides mental-health, social care, and substance-misuse services.

Under the contract, 26 staff members will study for a higher apprenticeship in business and administration, while a further group will study for higher-level apprenticeships in human-resource management.

Barking & Dagenham College principal and CEO Cathy Walsh said that as one of the biggest suppliers of apprenticeships in the capital, the college was a natural choice to provide the new, higher-level courses.

“The trust, working with Barking & Dagenham College, is one of the first big employers in the country to lead the way and invest in higher level apprenticeships,” she said.

“We always work closely with our business clients to understand their individual needs and build successful training programmes for them."

The college currently has around 700 apprentice students.

  • Apprentice bakers employed by supermarket giant Morrisons have opened their own shop at Barking & Dagenham College selling products they have made as part of their training.

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