South Staffordshire College and Stoke City FC

The College

Activate Learning

South Staffordshire College trains over 4,000 students each year across four main campuses. Apprentices are recruited all year round, and the college has developed a range of excellent relationships with local employers.

The college works to raise aspirations and help their learners to achieve success.

The Employer

Stoke City Football Club is a professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of English football.

They are the second-oldest professional football club in the world and were a founding member of the Football League in 1888.

The Partnership

South Staffordshire College and Stoke City FC started working in 2016 to meet the training needs of the grounds staff and security teams to ensure that staff are trained and upskilled to be able to carry out the job to a fully competent standard as determined by the club and awarding bodies.

The college provides apprenticeship training to new staff, NPTC training to staff and bespoke training as required by the club to ensure that all staff have full health and safety training.

The Benefits

The college has benefited from the excellent working relationship with a widely recognised and supportive employer that benefits from the training of their staff in the more productive use of time and quality of work.

Equally, the employer has benefitted from the flexibility offered by the College to meet business needs and providing the right education and practices to the staff. Due to the successful nature of the partnership, working with the College has changed the employer’s approach to talent management.

The employer also highlighted that they would recommend working with the college to other employers as it was easy to work and discuss requirements, providing a very professional service.

What they say

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It’s been a pleasure to work with a prestigious employer such as Stoke City F.C. The strategic partnership has gone from strength to strength since being established three years ago and we hope that it may continue.

John Renshaw, Head of Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement at South Staffordshire College

Starting out, we wanted to upskill our staff to gain higher productivity, ultimately leading to a higher standard of work. It has been easy to work and discuss the requirements needed for this with the college and we would certainly recommend them to other employers.

Rob Killingworth, Health & Safety Manager at Stoke City F.C.

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