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Carlisle College project creates over 100 new Apprenticeships for learners across the county

Carlisle College has achieved its target of securing 100 Apprenticeships in 100 Days.

In association with Carlisle City Council, the ‘100 in 100’ project aimed to help learners secure meaningful Apprenticeships with local organisations, minimising the negative impact of COVID-19 on skills development, acquisition and growth.

With the help of more than 60 employer supporters as well as strategic partners throughout the county, Carlisle College has reached its target ahead of schedule with further Apprenticeships still to announce.

“We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received from businesses across the region with regard to our ‘100 in 100’ project,” said Martin Norris, Business Development Manager at Carlisle College.

“COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the labour market, with those aged 16-24 being particularly hard hit by the pandemic. We are delighted that, despite the challenging circumstances, so many organisations have come forward to help us in delivering high quality Apprenticeship training and employment opportunities to learners across the county.”

“What’s more, I’m pleased to say we have exceeded an already ambitious target. The ‘100 in 100’ initiative launched on July 1st and will end on October 9th; we are excited to announce the total number of Apprenticeships generated by the project as part of its closing celebrations.”

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson, added: “We’re delighted with the success of the 100 in 100 Carlisle College project and would like to thank all those businesses that have already signed up. We are doing all we can to support our local economy and would encourage other businesses to take part. We’re proud to have a well-established apprenticeship programme and will continue supporting the development of our employees.”

Carlisle College currently works with over 700 apprentices across 350 local leading businesses and has an extensive apprenticeship provision of more than 30 programmes including Adult Care, Business Administration, Construction, Customer Service, Digital Marketing, Engineering, IT and Motor Vehicle. Programmes range from Level 2 through to Degree Level apprenticeships.

Government grants of up to £3,000 are currently available for taking on a new Apprentice before January 31st 2021. If you feel that you could offer someone an Apprenticeship in your business, or to upskill an existing member of staff, please visit: for more information.

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