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The latest national Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015-6 has revealed high levels of employer satisfaction with East Berkshire College and its apprenticeship training provision.

Employers gave the Berkshire-based training provider high marks, scoring the College 8.3 out of 10 for overall employer satisfaction and 8.4 out of 10 for overall quality of training.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, scored well in all aspects of the survey, including understanding the employer’s needs, overall quality and likelihood of recommendation. The survey also highlighted the professionalism of the staff delivering training.

Juliet Holloway, Assistant Principal for Marketing and Business Development, commented: “The College prides itself on delivering the highest standards of service to businesses and this survey is a wonderful endorsement of our achievements. We believe the key factors in our success has been our ability to respond to the changing needs of businesses, our flexibility in tailoring training and, of course, our talented team of industry-trained staff, who provide support to employers as well as their apprentices.”

East Berkshire College works with a wide range of regional employers, from SMEs to multinationals, including Stoke Park Hotel and Country Club, Costain, Marriott Hotels, Paradigm Housing Group and Classico Marble Ltd.

Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources at London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels, has been working with the College for the past few years. She explains: “We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us over the last few years, especially in terms of attracting young chefs. East Berkshire College have been exceptional in helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on their progress.”

With over 40 years of experience in working with businesses in a wide variety of industries, the College delivers a range of cost-effective and tailored training solutions – from apprenticeships to one-day workshops – at a time and place to suit business requirements.

Global exhibition and events company, FX4 Solutions in Maidenhead have been working with the College to hire and train carpentry apprentices for their business. Lauren Fisk, HR and Business Administrative Manager at FX4, explains:

“We have been working with East Berkshire College for over three years and I always find them very accommodating. They made it very easy for us to set up an apprenticeship scheme, they quickly resolve any issues that arise and their regular site visits provide us with the chance to give and receive feedback on our apprentices. As exhibition carpentry is a specialist area, they have even gone out of their way to tailor the course to our specific needs. Their service and knowledge is second to none.”

The results of this latest survey is a further endorsement of the quality of the College’s apprenticeship provision, which has been graded as good overall by Ofsted. In addition, the National Student Survey 2016 on Higher Education providers has rated East Berkshire College as one of the top 15 colleges and universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing, Health & Care and Hospitality & Catering.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and other training opportunities can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

Published in Business Services

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In a bid to bring fresh talent into the hospitality sector and discover future stars, the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel are working closely with East Berkshire College to provide fantastic apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

As a leading hotel group, the Marriott recognises the benefit of investing in recruiting and developing new talent. The London Heathrow Marriott and Heathrow Windsor Marriott are currently employing apprentice chefs and apprentice maintenance technicians to support its kitchen and maintenance teams in delivering a high quality service to guests.

The apprentices study for one day a week at East Berkshire College in Langley, and spend the rest of the time gaining experience and training in the workplace. For employers like the Marriott, apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and motivated workforce, ensuring there are no future skills gaps.

Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources at London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels, explains: “We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us over the last few years, especially in terms of attracting young chefs. As part of the scheme, our apprentices are supported by a mentor and given the chance to attend specialist workshops across the UK. We also hold an internal competition for our apprentice chefs, with the best going through to a UK final and European final to showcase their skills.

“East Berkshire College have been exceptional in supporting our apprenticeship scheme, helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on their progress. I would certainly recommend other businesses use their local college to recruit and train local people. The training facilities at Langley College are amazing. In fact, the standard of food in the College’s Zest restaurant is that good, our entire management team had our Christmas lunch their last year.”

As part of the Marriott’s apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice chefs have the chance to work in different areas of the hotel, including the main restaurant, the grill, banqueting and room service. What is more, the company also provides additional learning experiences at its other hotels.

Apprentice chef Callum Farrant enthused: “The Marriott and the College have been so supportive. I love everything about my apprenticeship, from preparing desserts for the hotel’s executive lounge to studying one day a week at college. I really feel like part of the team here and I’ve learnt so much already. I’ve even had the chance to go to Scotland for a few days to learn about sourcing and preparing meat and fish as part of my job.”

Anthony Ladipo (aged 20), an apprentice maintenance technician with the company, has also made a big impression since he joined the team at the Marriott Hotel in Langley. As well as helping maintain the superior standards of the hotel’s 393 rooms, he has been nominated as associate of the quarter several times and is now the face of the Marriott’s apprenticeship video.

“When I finished school, I didn’t want to go to university and get into debt,” said Anthony. “I thought it would be good to learn a trade and an apprenticeship is a great way to do that and build a career. I feel I’ve really grown up. I’m now earning money, I have a pension and I hope to become a qualified engineer within the next two years.”

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, East Berkshire College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range apprenticeships, including the latest apprenticeship vacancies with an array of businesses, call 01753 793000 or click here.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Apprenticeships

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Paradigm Housing Group is helping young people take their first steps on the career ladder with an apprenticeship scheme through East Berkshire College.

The leading housing provider, which has a head office in High Wycombe, is a big advocate of apprenticeships and currently employing nine apprentices in its property maintenance teams. The apprentices, who are aged between 20 and 24, are being trained in the workplace by Paradigm’s experienced professionals and attend Langley College one day a week to achieve their qualifications. As part of the company’s 440 strong team, they are helping to manage almost 14,000 homes for around 25,000 people.

Steve Pink, Electrical Manager at Paradigm, explains: “To ensure our high levels of customer service, we believe it is important to invest in our staff and grow our own employees, who will stay and develop with us. Apprenticeships are a great, flexible way to find new talent and provide our new recruits with a solid range of skills.

“We chose to work with East Berkshire College because of their experience in delivering the variety of apprenticeships we needed. We were extremely pleased by the quality of the candidates we had applying for our apprentice roles, which reflects how popular apprenticeships have become. Our apprentices have settled in well and we have received lots of great feedback from customers about them.”

Samantha White (aged 24), who is undertaking an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations, was a delivery driver before joining Paradigm to pursue a career in the construction industry.

“I never thought I’d go back to college, but starting my apprenticeship with Paradigm has been the best decision I’ve made. Some tenants I visit are surprised to see a woman doing plumbing and maintenance jobs, but many actually feel more comfortable dealing with a female.”

She adds: “I’m really enjoying my work. I’m learning skills that I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life and every day is different, from hanging gates and repairing fencing to fixing taps and replacing pipes. An apprenticeship gives you more of an incentive to study because you understand the importance of what you are learning.”

Fellow apprentice, Joshua Horton (aged 21) agrees. Having taken his A Levels and worked for a spell as a dispenser in a pharmacy, Joshua wanted to do something more practical and applied for the Maintenance Multi-trade Level 2 Apprenticeship with Paradigm.

“My apprenticeship has changed my life completely”, enthused Joshua. “I’ve found a job I really enjoy. I go to college one day a week and the rest of the time I’m learning on the job. It’s a great balance. I look forward to going into college as everything I’m learning is helping me progress at work. I’m now working as part of Paradigm’s kitchen and bathroom team, and would like to develop my carpentry skills.”

For employers like Paradigm, apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and motivated workforce, ensuring there are no future skills gaps. For young people, apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience, a qualification and a real career path.

Tim Harris (aged 22), who is in his second year of an Electrotechnical Level 3 Apprenticeship, explains: “As an apprentice, I pick things up much faster. I’m learning from professional people with years of experience and they are really supportive, which has made me more determined to progress and better myself.”

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, East Berkshire College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of apprenticeships, including the latest apprenticeship vacancies with an array of businesses, call 01753 793000 or click here.

East Berkshire College has over 35 years of experience in delivering high quality training to SMEs and multi-nationals in a wide range of industries. Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact the College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Apprenticeships

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A new travel agency, which will be open to the public, was officially unveiled at Langley College in Station Road on Saturday (6th May 2017) as part of its Open Day event.

Run in partnership with Sunninghill Travel in Ascot, the new travel agency will be based in the reception of the College and staffed by trained travel and tourism students under the supervision of expert employees from Sunninghill Travel. As well as providing real work experience for students, it will also offer the community a convenient and local, independent travel agent.

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 4pm, the new agency will offer an exciting array of holiday packages and travel options, everything from exotic destinations for sun-seekers to adventure holidays for thrill-seekers.

Sunninghill Travel is an independent travel agent in Ascot, which is a member of ABTA and offers everything from tailor-made luxury holidays to city breaks and cruises. Sarah Lidenhammar, Managing Director of Sunninghill Travel Ltd, explains:

“Sunninghill Travel is an independent travel agency that strives to provide a high quality, personal service. By opening up an agency at Langley College, the aim is to serve the local community and to provide valuable work experience for college students. As there is no travel agent in the local area, this offers a great opportunity for local residents to benefit from speaking directly to trained individuals to help find the best deal and a holiday that really suits their needs.”

The new agency in Langley will offer its clients a personal and professional service. To ensure customers receive a high quality experience, the six students working in the agency have received specialist industry training and will be mentored by Sarah and her expert team. Frederique Connor, who is studying the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management through the College and employed by Sunninghill Travel, will act as a team leader at the new agency.

Talking about working in the agency, student Oliwia Sikora (aged 18, from Slough), who is currently studying a Travel & Tourism Level 3 course at the College, said:

“The new agency is a great opportunity for us to learn, keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the travel industry and gain experience working with real customers. I think people prefer to speak to someone when booking a holiday as we can offer them advice on destinations and help them choose the right holiday for their needs. We have already received a lot of enquiries and we are looking forward to welcoming in local residents.”

Sunninghill Travel at Langley College is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm. For more information or to book an appointment outside of these hours, please call 01344 627586, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

East Berkshire College offers a range of travel and tourism courses, from level two right through to a foundation degree. For further information, call 01753 793000 or click here.

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