A NEW academy has been launched to link would-be apprentices to local employers.

The 'Apprenticeship Academy' at Lakes College, West Cumbria, is now accepting applications.

The academy, which was launched to an audience of more than 300 visitors at the college's recent opening evening, will support people to secure an apprenticeship with an employer starting in September 2023.

Lakes College principal Chris Nattress said: “As a college that is fully committed to addressing the skills needs of local and regional employers, our new apprenticeship academy will support those demands by linking apprentices directly with the right opportunity for them.

“The academy will provide excellent apprenticeship opportunities with a wide range of our key employers starting from September 2023, matching applicants and employers to meet their complementary needs.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to progress in your chosen career and our academy will make sure the process of securing the right one for you is as smooth as possible.”

Applications are open until February 19.

Depending on the apprenticeship area, online aptitude tests may take place to identify a person's suitability for apprenticeships, and applicants will be supported with interview and CV-writing sessions before being invited to the college for interviews.

Nuclear applicants will also be invited to attend a group session.

Apprenticeship offers will then be distributed and inductions will take place in August ahead of the academy starting in September.

Apprentices will spend the majority of their time with employers learning on-the-job skills, while also being supported by the college training advisors either on campus or in the workplace. The college has worked with hundreds of employers to train apprentices across a number of disciplines.

Dates and details may be subject to change.

To express your interest in the apprenticeship academy or for more information, go to www.lcwc.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeship-academy and complete the form.