Exeter College Celebrates Record Year for Apprentices

Business Solutoins 707 apprentices

Date: Thursday 17 September 2015

Exeter College had cause for celebration when figures for 2014/2015 were released, showing a record number of 707 Apprentices starting with the college. 

Apprentices earn on average £200 per week and Exeter College currently have 1,500 Apprentices placed, meaning that local employers contribute over £13 million in wages to apprentices alone (excluding training costs).

Exeter College have 60 different apprenticeships on offer with 150 vacancies at top class, outstanding businesses. Current Apprenticeship vacancies are listed on the college’s website - http://bit.ly/ExCollAppVac

Exeter College Principal Richard Atkins says “Learner success rates on our apprenticeship programmes continued to improve last year, and have now reached exceptionally high levels when compared with national standards. These programmes would not exist without the active involvement and support of local businesses and we thank them sincerely for working with Exeter College to provide such fantastic work place opportunities for our students.”

In the past three years, Exeter College has seen a 75% increase in number of Apprentices. These apprentices cover the four counties of the South West peninsula covering Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Exeter College boosts a network of 850 businesses and has an established reputation working with some of the best businesses in Exeter, including Exeter City Council and South West Water among others.

“Having been involved with Exeter College Apprenticeship scheme for over three years, I can highly recommend their Business Solutions service.  Exeter City Council has had eight apprentices successfully complete a variety of qualifications in an assortment of work roles from Business Administration levels 2 and 3 through to Level 3 in Civil Engineering.  The Business Solutions team work tirelessly to support both apprentices and employers throughout their programmes and we are very happy to be continuing our relationship with Exeter College.” 

June Callister, Learning and Development Partner at Exeter City Council


“We have been working with Exeter College over the last few months to progress our Apprentice programme, they have always been very commercially aware and understand what businesses need to achieve with any new recruits. The process is very slick and they have made the task of recruiting new candidates very easy for us so the process is a pleasure!” 

Nick James, Practice Manager at Kitsons


The Business Solutions team can identify suitable Apprentices and provide a complete service to make it simple for businesses to recruit and train an Apprentice. Businesses interested in taking on an Apprentice should get in touch with the Business Solutions team on 01392 400400 for more information.

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