Milton Keynes College & BHS Home Appliances

The College

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Milton Keynes College is located across three campuses in Milton Keynes and Bletchley. In addition to being a primary OLASS provider, it boasts specialisms in manufacturing, digital and tech, engineering and professional services.

The college has over 250 employer relationships and has enrolled 36,000 students in the last three years.

The Employer

BHS Home Appliances is the world’s second largest home appliance manufacturer. The company has more than 61,800 employees worldwide and produces the entire range of modern home appliances at 42 factories.

The company views its employees as its greatest assets.

The Partnership

MK College has been working in partnership with BHS Home Appliances in Milton Keynes for over 4 years. BHS partnered with MK College to provide a bespoke annual training calendar to support the needs and aspirations of its employees. The training engages and motivates employees, enabling them to contribute to business growth and to develop their careers. Workshops and training sessions are delivered on site at BHS and at the college and additional training is added when the need arises, as each employee has a personal development plan.

Together they also deliver a successful apprenticeship programme that combines hands-on training with BHS and tutoring and theoretical knowledge from MKC are enabling employees to upskill, leading to internal progression and for some a change in career direction. MKC also recruit apprentices for BHS.

The Benefits

MK College is proud to work with BHS Headquarters in Milton Keynes – a world-leading company with a local heart. One of the key benefits for the college is the industry insight that they gain from interactions, as they use this to inform and strengthen their curriculum.

Learners also benefit from the partnership in a variety of ways. BHS has donated electrical appliances for students to pull apart and rebuild, they have had representatives visit the college to deliver talks to students and have provided work experience opportunities. BHS also support a community special school in Milton Keynes by providing work experience opportunities for their young people.

BHS said that one of the key benefits of working with MK College is the time and care that they put into understanding the needs of employees. Together they look at the bigger picture of the BHS employee needs, from soft skills to wellbeing and mental health awareness and devise training that not only educates but provides practical skills that employees can apply straight away.

BHS Systems would strongly recommend working with Milton Keynes College to other employers. They have a very positive approach to working with businesses; they have taken the time to build a strong understanding of their company, culture and the journey we are on. They enjoy an excellent working relationship and together they build the best training programme.

What they say

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BHS is a model employer and MK College is delighted to support such an exceptional local employer that has a positive impact within the Milton Keynes community. We enjoy an incredibly strong partnership that supports the needs and aspirations of all their employees and drives the overall success of the company.

Dr Julie Mills, CEO and Group Principal at MK College

We are now in our 4th year of working with MK College. Each year we have built on the previous year’s training offer and the results have been transformational. The College continue to support us with refining our training programme and ensuring that is meeting our overall business objectives.

Gemma Ford, Learning and Development Manager at BHS Home Appliances

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