Apprenticeships and Career Paths


FEDF operates through Furness College a bursary scheme which helps smes to recruit apprentices who will then be engaged in companies operating in supply chains.

Neil Mathers at the College manages the bursary scheme on behalf of FEDF. Call him to find out if your company is eligible.

Contact  01229 844829. E Mail

A panel assess each application before considering wards of between £1,000 and £2,500 per apprenticeship as a wage subsidy.

21 bursaries have been awarded to 17 companies.

Furness College provides a wide range of specialist training as outlined below working with Universities.


Furness College is a good College with outstanding financial health. The focus of the college is to provide high quality vocational education and training for the people and industries of the Furness Peninsula. Its vision is “Inspiring people and changing lives through education and training.” The College underwent a full Ofsted inspection in March 2015 where it was judged as good in all aspects with some areas judged as outstanding. The 6th Form Centre and A level provision received a good Ofsted grade, again with outstanding provision in some areas. The College underwent a QAA HE Review in February 2016 which found it met all expectations with four areas of good practice highlighted and one commendation for its student enhancement. The College provides vocational training and education from entry level to level 7.

Furness College has excellent facilities which enable it to offer a broad range of subjects, with a specialism of engineering. In partnership with Cumbria LEP and HEFCE, the college has invested in a new state of the art £4m Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre which provides excellent teaching facilities, equipment and resources. The College has a long history of working closely with employers to ensure that students have access to industry-standard working environments while still attending the College.

A large amount of college provision falls within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). STEM accounts for 75% of provision in HE.  Similarly STEM in workplace learning has grown from 50% to 66% over the last 3 years whilst classroom learning has grown from 63% to 78%.  Success rates in engineering are consistently very high and in 2013-14 were 93%. Progression into jobs related to engineering is also very high with 95% of the very large cohort gaining employment through apprenticeships.

Higher Education at the college represents 14% of its annual income and is proportionally one of the highest deliverers of HE among further education colleges. The college has well established relationships with Lancaster University, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria. All engineering HE programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and/or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (I MechE)

The College is very successful in the delivery of high-quality apprenticeship provision. Overall apprenticeship success rates are very high and have continued to improve over the last three years; overall and timley success rates in apprenticeships are well above the national average.

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