Blackpool Transport invests in 49 apprenticeships

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45 existing employees will soon embark on leadership courses; four new apprentices set to join soon

Blackpool Transport has announced that it will invest in 49 apprenticeships in 2019 under a partnership forged with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).

45 existing employees will undertake a staff development programme that will see them embark on a Level 3 or Level 5 apprenticeship in leadership and management.

Additionally, four new apprentices will join the bus and tram operator over the coming weeks. They will study digital marketing, engineering and human resources as Blackpool Transport continues its programme of investment, modernisation and leveraging the latest technology.

The development programme begins in May. It will be run through the operator’s recently-established virtual training school, which aims to foster lifetime learning and development and offer continuous training for all staff within the business.

B&FC has been appointed as the learning provider for the apprenticeships. It will support employees throughout their studies over the course of the next 18-24 months. Tuition will take place using facilities available within B&FC.

Says Blackpool Transport MD Jane Cole: “This investment in our people of the future is so exciting and a real milestone on our journey to providing a first-class local transport network with well-trained and highly-skilled staff.”

B&FC Business Development Director Claire Lee describes Blackpool Transport’s apprenticeship scheme as “an ambitious workforce development strategy.”

She adds: “Our partnership is a prime example of how by working collaboratively, we can make a long-term positive impact on the range and level of skills that all progressive and growing businesses are facing today.”