Figures soar at coastal college

The Principal of a North Yorkshire college said yesterday it was working with employers to ensure its courses equipped students with the skills needed as it announced apprenticeship numbers had soared.

Yorkshire Coast College, based in Scarborough, reported a 20 per cent increase in apprenticeships compared to this time last year. Key areas that have experienced apprenticeship growth within the college include construction, engineering, motor vehicle courses, accountancy and business administration.

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The news comes after chancellor George Osborne announced that the Government will abolish employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 from April 2016, making it even cheaper for employers to take on an apprentice. It also comes at a time when there are hopes the off-shore windfarm industry may bring a jobs boost to the Yorkshire coast.

Clare Wareing, Yorkshire Coast College Principal said: “We are absolutely delighted to report an increase in apprenticeships this year.

“Taught by industry specialists, apprenticeships are also a fantastic way for businesses to fill key skills gaps within their workforce. Preparing the future workforce for employment is something we as a college are very passionate about. This includes meeting the needs of local employers and playing a positive, on-going role in the development of Scarborough’s economy and business community.”