Oaklands College will offer apprenticeships this September, having been given the green light by Ofsted.

The college has announced that they will resume their apprenticeship scheme in the next academic year, following a positive visit by inspectors.

In November last year, Ofsted rated the College as 'Good' , an upgrade from it's previous 'Requires Improvement' rating, awarded in 2021.

Following the signal of faith from inspectors, they will be able to once again offer students apprenticeships later this year.

The apprenticeships will see students learn real world skills, while also gaining qualifications and work with staff who will train them 'on the job'.

Chloe Hawkins, director of adult and work based training at Oaklands, said: "We're delighted once again to be able to enter into new apprenticeship training contracts."

She continued: "This builds on the work we have been doing to foster an ever-closer relationship with employers in the region, and it reflects the considerable progress we have made as a college, as reflected in our last Ofsted inspection."

The government classes apprenticeships as a form of employment which combines hands-on experience with training to create rounded and highly skilled experts in a range of fields, from engineering to early years.

There are believed to be more than 600,000 apprentices in England.

Claire Dolan, deputy principal, said: "The college is now focused on developing our apprenticeship programmes to ensure we are offering the right programmes to meet local and regional needs. This will be based on market demand, quality and financial viability."

Oaklands will soon be announcing which industries the new apprenticeships will focus on.