The latest results from the Employer Satisfaction Survey, carried out by the Skills Funding Agency, have revealed that Bolton College has scored an impressive 9.4 out of a possible 10 points, for the professional deliverance of its training provision.
This result is based on responses from 178 employers for whom Bolton College delivered training that was wholly or partly funded by the Skills Funding Agency, and is scored on a scale of 1 – 10, where ‘0’ is poor, and '10' is excellent.
Other results were equally impressive; when employers were asked whether they would recommend the College’s services, 9.3 out of 10 employers confirmed that they would. The College also scored highly in other areas, including up-to-date training, the provision of clear communication, overall efficiency and an understanding of business needs.
Abstract Roofing & Property Maintenance in Stockport is one of the many businesses to enlist the help of Bolton College in the recruitment of an apprentice. Lucinda Rowbottom, a Partner at the business, said of her experience: “I can’t sing Bolton College’s praises enough; I’m delighted with the standard and quality of training and with the progress my apprentice is making. I can't fault the College in any way.”
The results demonstrate Bolton College’s dedication to its strategic priority of engaging with employers and helping them to develop their businesses through provision of responsive and flexible training solutions.
Broad Oaks Nursery in Bolton is another local business that has worked with Bolton College to enhance its workforce by employing an apprentice. Georgina Thornley, Manager of Broad Oaks, commented: “Bolton College are a great training provider, I’ve never had any problems and the tutors are always very polite and professional”.
The College’s track record of building successful partnerships with local employers is reflected in the success of the apprentices themselves. Since September, both Victoria Stigwood (former Business Administration Apprentice) and Ashley Haslam (Motor Vehicle Apprentice at Wilson’s Autos) have been formally recognised at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards. Ashley also won ‘Intermediate Apprentice of the Year in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire’ at the Regional Apprenticeship Awards 2016; he is currently waiting to discover if he has been nominated in the National Apprenticeship Awards Finals, to be held in London in January.
Helen Rose, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Bolton College, said: “The survey results demonstrate our commitment to facilitating the growth of the local economy, by building and nurturing strong working relationships with businesses throughout Bolton and the Greater Manchester region. The results are also indicative of the hard work and commitment displayed by the staff and students in College, and we will continue to build on this success”.