The Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, spoke with apprentices, students, staff and employers when he toured Olive Grove campus on Olive Grove Road earlier this term.
The £6.8 million campus has the latest industry standard classrooms, workshops and equipment for electrical and electronic engineering, manufacturing, motor vehicle, gas fitting and plumbing.
Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive and Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “It was great to meet Mr Coombe and introduce him to our fantastic students and some of the employers whom we work with.”
She continued: “We are proud of our role in the city equipping learners with the skills they need for jobs and careers, supporting employers and contributing to the regional economy.”
The College works with leading employers including Gripple, Liberty Speciality Steels and Sheffield Forgemasters training learners in the skills that their industries need.
Rick Franckeiss, Group Training Officer, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, said: “It was a privilege to meet the Lord-Lieutenant and to engage with like-minded people from the College and other businesses. We all want the best in terms of education and employment opportunities for our young people and we all need to work together to make this happen.”
Tony Goddard, Training and Delivery Manager, Liberty Speciality Steels, added: “We were delighted to attend the visit by the Lord-Lieutenant to The Sheffield College. Our partnership with the College is very important to us, as we work together to develop apprenticeships which are vital in our sector.”
The Sheffield College – which has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually - works with 850 employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of industry sectors.
Mr Coombe said: “It was a great pleasure to visit The Sheffield College to meet students and staff, as well as representative employers, to learn more about the innovative and interactive way in which the College and employers are engaging to give apprentices and students an experience which helps them prepare for life in the work environment.”
Mr Coombe’s visit took place on May 23rd. To find out how your business could benefit from apprenticeships, click here or call 0114 2602600.