Furness College's Channelside campus

Eden Project offers skills development programme for school leavers

Furness College is delighted to partner with Lancaster and Morecambe College on the delivery of traineeships connected to the Morecambe Bay Eden Project.

The Eden Project is committed to supporting courses that echo its values of giving back to the community and the colleges plan to offer traineeships across a number of sectors.

Plans to build a second Eden Project site on Morecambe Bay were announced last year. The £85millon centre would bring around 4,000 jobs to the area with the construction of a huge site.

Principal Andrew Wren said the Eden Project traineeships would be an exciting new add on to the Furness College curriculum with all applicants guaranteed a place from September 2020.

“Students can choose to undertake a meaningful project which gives back to the community and will be expected to work in groups to achieve this.

“The traineeships reflect the essence of the Eden Project, which is about giving back to the community. Students can choose from a number of projects, in line with values from the Morecambe Bay Eden Project such as support in schools, food banks, eco projects and community projects, or propose their own.

“For school leavers who have not gained an apprenticeship, this could be a good option after their GCSEs. The programme will result in accreditation and a certificate from the Eden Project.”

Furness College is now seeking employers to support traineeships, which are a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months) and offers a wider set of skills for school leavers to help secure apprenticeships and paid employment.

The traineeships will include:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Business
  • IT
  • Catering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hair and Beauty.

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan – get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but often support with expenses such as transport and meals.

Applications are available online and anyone who receives their GCSE grades and is interested in a traineeship should contact us at info@furness.ac.uk

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