Macclesfield College have stated their intention to serve the local business community through the launch of their new Manifesto.

The declaration, which pledges to recruit 100 apprentices in just 100 days from January 2019, has been formed as a basis to support local and regional businesses across Macclesfield and East Cheshire.

Rachel Kay, CEO and Principal of Macclesfield College, announced the initiative alongside local MP David Rutley at a meeting with community figureheads on Friday 30th November.

The North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is also supporting the project in a bid to support local and regional businesses and to help contribute towards East Cheshire’s growing economy.

Macclesfield College and partners are hoping to develop enhanced engagement with young learners, train people with the specific skills that local businesses need and build on the existing good practice in this vital area.

The Manifesto is aimed at small to medium businesses and large corporations alike and those signing up to hire an apprentice will receive a range of benefits.

Such benefits include: being part of a shared vision to help the town grow, addressing skill gaps, receiving joint PR alongside the college and also benefiting from one month’s free membership at the North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce when joining for 12 months.

When discussing the aspirational project, Rachel mentioned her excitement to see the Manifesto come to fruition and believes it will be an excellent start to 2019.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the business owners in the area come together to ensure the Manifesto’s success and to help grow this already thriving division,” Rachel said.

She continued by stating the benefits of hiring an apprentice: “They have the capacity to bring something new to a company through their ambitious and go-getting attitude to work. With this in mind, we’re encouraging as many businesses as possible to contact us and commit to helping apprentices reach their full potential.”

Local MP David Rutley also expressed his delight at the implementation of such a forward thinking initiative saying: “I’m proud to support this aspirational Manifesto. Not only will these businesses be supporting our local economy and young adults, but they will also receive quick access to skills support from the college and possible additional funding. I’m looking forward to watching those involved reach their goals.”

The college is already encouraging businesses interested in supporting the Manifesto to get in touch.

They can do so by contacting the Maxim Business Training team on 01625 410022 or by emailing businessunit@macclesfield.ac.uk.