Macclesfield College is reporting a 35% growth across its construction and motor vehicle provision, following a successful application and enrolment period.

Popular courses include bricklaying, joinery, motor vehicle and electrical installation. The College also has an excellent reputation for Apprenticeships, with 97% moving into employment at the end of the course.

Housebuilding and the development of Local Enterprise Zones including the Cheshire Science Corridor have made construction skills a priority for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Economic Partnership and Macclesfield College has tailored its provision to suit the needs of local employers, working in partnership with businesses to ensure students have the technical and employability skills to succeed in their chosen career.

With a dedicated learning environment and tutors with extensive industry experience, the construction and motor vehicle provision has also seen a growth in its employer partners with Taylor Wimpey, Vinci Construction and JCK Ltd working with the team at College.

Charlotte Thornton, Curriculum Business Leader for the Construction and Motor Vehicle department, explains: “I think the rise in applications is partly due to the extensive construction work going on locally. In Macclesfield, and the wider Cheshire footprint there is significant house building and development which means students are literally walking past potential places of employment.

“With the expansion of Manchester airport and the focus on key sectors locally, there is a lot of investment in infrastructure, facilities and commercial property, again providing opportunities for local property and construction businesses and their supply chain. Our role is to provide a skilled workforce and we’ve worked hard to improve the quality of our teaching and learning, ensuring our students are up to the job.

“Automotive is also a growing area, with the development of new technologies including electric vehicles and the work that is going on developing driverless cars, it’s a traditional workplace that is seeing massive innovation and investment which provides potential opportunities for skilled technicians. We are especially fortunate this year to have had investment in this area courtesy of Vauxhall.

“Combined with our own investment in our facilities, moving all our automotive learners to the main campus, means they can enjoy the full Macclesfield College experience and meet fellow learners on campus.

“We are looking to develop our offer and widen our programme choice to meet the needs of local businesses and continue to help grow the local economy.”