Castleford College in the UK has welcomed a new cohort of students as the academic year begins, with a particular focus on apprenticeships.
Among the fresh faces are Bailey and Nathan, who are embarking on their Level 3 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Apprenticeships. They are supported by their employers, Biffa, a leading sustainable waste management company in the UK.
Biffa, with bases in Hull, Grimsby, and Nottingham, has chosen to invest in the future workforce by recruiting and training apprentices. This decision not only provides a pathway to a fulfilling career but also offers apprentices the opportunity to achieve nationally recognized qualifications.
Biffa workshop manager for Grimsby, Chris Williams, praised Castleford College as an excellent apprenticeship training provider: “Castleford College has proven to be a brilliant apprenticeship training provider to work with through this process due to the college set-up, support and facilities, as not all colleges offer the Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance & Repair apprenticeship like they do.
“We’re dedicated to taking on more apprentices in the future in order to build our skilled workforce and make meaningful contributions to our industry.”
The rigorous recruitment process led Biffa to select promising candidates who have displayed a strong eagerness to learn.
Bailey and Nathan, both newly enrolled Biffa apprentices, shared their positive experiences during their induction for the Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship. Nathan said: “The apprenticeship is very engaging, the skills you learn are transferrable and you are required to use your initiative all the time.”
Bailey agreed; “Initially, I had some nerves, but my experience has been truly enriching. The workshops here are excellent and there’s a lot more you learn about than just vehicles; its logical thinking.”
The Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship at Castleford College offers an ideal path for those interested in entering the automotive industry. It equips students with the skills needed to inspect, service, and repair heavy vehicles. To explore Castleford College’s Apprenticeship offerings in detail, visit Wakefield College Apprenticeships.
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Pictured (L-R): Richard Hoyland, Chris Williams, BIFFA apprentices Bailey and Nathan