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Top of the Class for Lowestoft College

Apprenticeship Provision Rates 13% above National Average 

National Apprenticeship Week 14th – 18th March, 2016

Lowestoft College is a leading provider of training and competence services to the offshore, energy and maritime industries. The College sits at the heart of its community, bridging the gap between education and the raft of industries on its doorstep and across the region. Committed to achieving outstanding results, Lowestoft College, with apprenticeship provision 13% above the national average, views apprenticeships as vital to the future of businesses in the UK.

Working tirelessly to offer employers a broad range of apprenticeship pathways to suit their industries and sectors, over the last 12 months Lowestoft College has seen a 22% growth in apprenticeship numbers and classroom based student success rates have increased by 5%.

The College delivers a broad range of Further Education and work-based learning courses for young people and adults, and currently works with over 800 businesses in a variety of ways including skills provision, apprenticeships and training to seafarers and offshore and energy personnel.

Student climbing Lowesoft College's model turbine

Student climbing Lowesoft College’s model turbine

Jo Pretty, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Lowestoft College said: “Our successful apprenticeship scheme gives apprentices a clear career path and understanding of what they can achieve in their role. Working closely with employers, we develop and deliver exciting, innovative apprenticeship programmes that are designed to meet the ‘future’ skill needs of employers in the area, such as engineering, business and IT apprenticeships, which are essential for the offshore, energy and maritime businesses in the area.

“The work based learning courses also offer a range of benefits to the 800 plus employers that work with Lowestoft College. An apprentice is a great way to invest in your company’s future and ensure employees have the skills and qualifications needed in the coming years.

“By introducing apprentices you can instil the company’s culture early and watch it flourish as they grow with the business. Our curriculum delivers robust skills and employability, whilst employees gain nationally recognised qualifications that are relevant to their role in the workplace.”

Oil and gas employees from all around the world attend Lowestoft College to experience the very best training from a highly experienced team of offshore specialists.

Lowestoft College offers over 650 apprenticeships each year, equipping apprentices and businesses with the skills they need for the future of their industry. The college is dedicated to supporting the government’s pledge to create 3 million apprenticeships, to strengthen the economy, by 2020.

For further information please contact Paula Bennett or Jack Everett at Pier paula@pier-marketing.com or jack@pier-marketing.com Tel: 01394 276923

Lowestoft College

Lowestoft College currently trains over 650 apprentices each year and its apprenticeship provision rates are currently 13% above the national average*.

*733 employment sponsors active over a 12 month period between Jan 14 – Jan 15 (does not include events, works experience and suppliers +150 at least).

13% increase in success rates is last academic year’s success figure compared against the previous year’s provider group average (which is normal practice.) This year’s provider group average will be released on the 28th of Feb, 2016.

The College delivers a broad range of Further Education and work-based learning courses for young people and adults.  For further information please visit www.lowestoft.ac.uk


An apprenticeship is a work-based method of training for those over the age of 16. To be an apprentice you need to be employed in the industry you wish to be trained in. Apprentices (usually but not always) attend college on a day or block release basis and also learn the skills of their trade in the work place.

During National Apprenticeship Week Lowestoft College will be visiting schools, across the region, to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week 14th – 18th March, 2016

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