Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Council

The College

Activate Learning

Middlesbrough College, based in Middlehaven, is the largest college in North Yorkshire and Teesside area. It teaches over 15,000 students each year.

It is at the heart of the local, regional and national economy and works with 2,000 employers training and developing local skills.

The Employer

Middlesbrough Council is a unitary authority and borough council in the Tees Valley region, with a population of 174,700.

The Council’s Stronger Families Services provides early help support for families, to prevent problems from getting worse.

The Partnership

Middlesbrough College has been working with Middlesbrough Council’s Stronger Families service for a number of years. The overarching objective was to provide the Council with support workers and to give learners a career opportunity, quality training and enable them to start working while learning key skills and gaining qualifications.

So far, five apprentices have secured permanent roles in Stronger Families at Middlesbrough Council after impressing their employer working in different roles.

The Benefits

The college benefits from this partnership because it gives learners the key work experience they need to progress in their careers. The employer also strongly benefitted from partnering with the college. Not only they have been provided with highly motivated learners, but they had a very positive experience working with the college. The college was very helpful during the recruitment process and apprentices were strongly encouraged and supported to get their Level 3 qualification.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

As an organisation Stronger Families values the contribution apprentices make to the team. Investing in individuals and seeing them grow and develop in their career is fantastic. We will continue to have new apprentices as and when current apprentices gain employment or move on. The apprentices have benefitted the organisation as we have been able to employ a number of apprentices now who have brought excellent skills, motivation and dedication to the work place.

Hazel, Employer representative at Stronger Families

My Apprenticeship has given me an insight into working life and the ‘real world. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Stronger Families as an apprentice. The managers and staff have helped me gain experience and I have developed really good relationships with other staff who have supported me hugely. An Apprenticeship is a great starting point for your working life and career no matter what you choose to do.

Katie McElwee, former apprentice and School Readiness Support Worker at Stronger Families

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