Loving Luton

Thursday 1 November 2018

Bedford College LOVES Luton. The region’s No. 1 provider of apprenticeship and professional training is winning over new employers every week in the boom town of Bedfordshire.

With international companies like Vauxhall offering fantastic job opportunities locally, and working with The Bedford College Group for training, they lead the way in working with the top team. Led by Director Gina Bubbins, the college’s Business Development Team are the conduit between employers, Government grants and the most eager would-be employees in the county.

Loving LutonWe have been working with the biggest and best employers in the South of the county for years, but as Luton takes off with some any exciting developments at the airport and elsewhere, we are forming more great alliances,” said Gina.

A dedicated Luton business development manager Mark Livingstone is on the road meeting managers who need advice on apprenticeships and advanced training for staff. He reports into Head of Business Development  Rosetta Triolo who is well known from her years at Heart Radio and Central Bedfordshire Council. Together with the rest of The Bedford College Group team they have their sights firmly set on securing Luton business.

Bedford College understands the needs of businesses and employers, we work with them and to their timetables and have the expertise to guide companies through the ever-changing Government funding around, for instance, the Apprenticeship Levy. Ask us for help, we know how to navigate the paperwork,” added Gina.

Organisations from Luton who train their staff via Bedford College include Vauxhall, GKN, Luton Airport (Dart), Trumpf, Luton Borough Council and NHS Luton.

Cawleys Waste Management gives credit to the Bedford College team:

Kirsty Dwan, HR Manager at Cawleys Waste Management, said: “When the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced, we at Cawleys decided to use it to develop our existing staff using local colleges.  

“We partnered with Bedford College to deliver a supervisory and Management programme to our aspiring leaders. The communication and support from Bedford College has been great and we are just launching the first of two cohorts for the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Advanced Apprenticeship with the second cohort due to start in early 2019.

“In addition Bedford College is delivering the Level 5 Management apprenticeship to departmental managers within our business. We look forward to further developing our staff with the help of programmes delivered by Bedford College. 

“The partnership with Bedford College allows us to fulfil our wish to support local businesses as well as fulfilling our commitment to further development of staff within Cawleys that will help us to become an employer of choice in the local area.”

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