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Helping businesses to navigate training

Rachel Bunn, assistant principal for apprenticeships and employer engagement, explains why training is essential to enhance the skills of the local workforce.
The Energy Skills Centre at East Coast College's Lowestoft campus. Photo East Coast College.
The Energy Skills Centre at East Coast College’s Lowestoft campus. Picture: East Coast College

At East Coast College, we are continuing to expand and develop our courses to meet employer needs and enhance the skills of our local workforce – something which is needed more now than ever as industries recover from the challenges of Covid-19 and infrastructure projects in the region. 

We are proud to be able to offer training in our £11.3m Energy Skills Centre – a one-stop-shop for energy, maritime and related sector training for the region and beyond based at our Lowestoft Campus. 

Our valuable partnership with Total Solutions Ltd enables us to deliver IRATA Rope Access courses for managers and supervisors in the heart of Lowestoft. We are one of the top training providers locally and using this method can increase the safety and efficiency of your business. Our partnership offer with Maersk continues to offer GWO and bespoke training in the region. 

We are also able to provide corporate bookings for our state-of-the-art K-SIM Navigation Simulators. Our suite offers three real bridge simulators to support marine courses and bespoke training. 

Launched this month, we will be able to offer Client Contractor National Safety Group Safety Passport (ECITB CCSNG) for those wanting to work within engineering and construction. This course will be available to those having to renew and those new to the industry. Other new courses include online health and safety and management courses to support resilience. 

Rachel Bunn, Assistant Principal for Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement. Photo East Coast College.Rachel Bunn, assistant principal for apprenticeships and employer engagement. Picture: East Coast College

We work with over 500 local employers to provide learning opportunities within the workplace and college. We are keen to speak to anyone who would be willing to take on an industry placement or work with us in other areas of the college to help inform and improve our curriculum. If you are interested, please email us at industrialplacements@eastcoast.ac.uk to find out further information and potential grant offer. 

New scholarship places in welding, pipefitting and mechanical installation are also available at East Coast College this year. The programme is in partnership with Government skills body ECITB, which is supporting 23 scholarship places to help bring new talent into the engineering construction industry. 

The scholarship scheme enables learners to pursue a full-time, one- or two-year off-the-job programme in a craft or technical discipline. Learners will acquire recognised engineering qualifications as well as relevant site safety passports. The scholarship aims to help learners to explore progression opportunities into employment or step into a shortened apprenticeship standard. 

As part of the scholarship programme, the college is seeking employer support to provide work experience placements to aid the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours. Please contact j.wicks@eastcoast.ac.uk to find out more. 

As we all navigate our way out of what has been a particularly challenging and uncertain time, we are committed as a college to doing whatever we can to help local businesses grow and individuals reach their full potential. Whether it’s forming a new partnership, helping with one-off training or creating a bespoke package for your workforce, we can help. 

For further information, please visit www.ecdevelop.co.uk or call on 0800 854 695.