Employers

We help businesses grow with Apprenticeships, matching the right business, right candidate and right Apprenticeships. Our aim is to assist businesses in becoming more productive and profitable, as well as attracting and maintaining a motivated team of staff, with the strength of training expertise and business knowledge.

Our Workforce Development Team are here to help you. As the country recovers from this challenging situation, please don't hesitate to contact them for help and advice.


Apprentices will be key to your recovery as the COVID-19 crisis eases. The Government is providing a package of support to help employers retain staff at risk of redundancy. Please use this support to protect your apprentices too.

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How can Southport College help your business?

How can Southport College help your business?

Our Business Development team can help you recruit and train Apprentices, develop your existing workforce and we can also help you to create a valuable work placement for an unemployed young person.

There are many benefits to you as the employer, working with us:

  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way
  • Address skill shortages
  • Motivate your workforce
  • Improve staff retention



  • Enhance your productivity and profitability
  • Introduce fresh new ideas
  • Reduced recruitment costs

Get the most from your employees

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work based programmes designed by employers for employers. We can support businesses of all sizes access talented, passionate and skilled young staff. As part of our service we create and promote the Apprenticeship vacancy on behalf of your business, and support you through the recruitment process with our candidate matching and sifting service.

Traineeship Programme

The traineeship programme is an opportunity for employers to give unemployed young people, who lack either skills or experience, the chance to gain meaningful work experience and valuable transferable skills. We can help you to create a valued work placement for an unemployed young person.

Train your current workforce

We offer bespoke training designed with our knowledge of ‘off-the-peg’ solutions, Apprenticeships and available funding and incentives, we will ensure you get the best package at the most affordable price.

Specialist Vocational Learning Environments

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Electrical Workshop

Electrical Workshop

Our industry standard workshops contain the latest equipment including multimeters and testing equipment such as FLUKE. We also have strong links with Hager and we currently deliver 18th Edition version of the Apprenticeships and include AM2 training.

Plumbing & Gas Workshop

Plumbing & Gas Workshop

Our brand new training workshops, are fitted with the latest industry equipment including top of the range boilers and boosted cold water equipment. We also have an accredited gas certification scheme for those ready to join the Gas Safe Register and we are qualified in un-vented hot water and water regulations qualifications.

Painting & Decorating Workshop

Painting & Decorating Workshop

Students use our custom-built painting and decorating workshop which has specially designed areas for them to practise their painting and wallpapering techniques.

Engineering Workshops

Engineering Workshops

Our engineering workshops were recently part of a £1.3 million refurbishment and are kitted out with £150,000 of new equipment including manual lathes, CNC lathes, CNC milling machine, manual milling machines, bench fitting area, casting facility, furnance, CAD room equipped with auto CAD solid works, fabrication, metal inert gas, welding (MIG), manual metal arc (MMA).

Childcare (Nursery)

Childcare (Nursery)

Our childcare apprentices have the opportunity to observe, plan and assess young children in our nursery environment to help build their skills and knowledge around child development. This is all carried out in accordance with the EYFS and the awarding body CACHE’s early years standards.

Clouds Restaurant

Clouds Restaurant

At Clouds Restaurant, the public can come and enjoy a fine dining experience in stylish surroundings with panoramic views of Southport’s skyline.

Concept Salons

Concept Salons

Concept Salons offer a range of beauty, hairdressing and barbering treatments to both male and female clients of all ages.

Employer Testimonials

YMCA Sefton
YMCA Sefton

The YMCA Sefton Nursery has built a close relationship with Southport College over several years and we have had many successful work placement students plus several excellent apprentices. The College Assessors support both the students and the nursery and we work together to develop confident, experienced early years practitioners. Apprentices are an important part of our business, bringing with them a range of skills, and we are proud that two apprentices and one placement student have been employed by us after they have gained their qualification and are proving a real asset to the setting.

Artelier Hair
Artelier Hair

Artelier Hair Formby opened just over three years ago, we have been working with Southport College ever since and have found them to be a great training provider. Our Apprentices from the College have had a wonderful education and been trained to the highest of standards, and we are continuously impressed with the level of care and service our team have been shown by Nicola and the Southport College team. We strive to give our apprentices the very best training and the best start to their hairdressing career, and at Southport College that is exactly what they have received. It’s been a pleasure working with Southport College and we look forward to continuing to do so.

Fletchers Solicitors
Fletchers Solicitors

Southport College and Fletchers have a strong relationship which goes back many years. We have worked together on various opportunities, such as trialling a new online learning initiative and creating opportunities for college graduates looking for Apprenticeships and Qualifications, in areas from AAT to Business Administration and Management. Those who have undertaken one of these opportunities have communicated their praise and shared positive feedback about their respective programmes. From how they support us in developing our workforce, to meeting some brilliant people and building strong relationships, Southport College has been a wonderful asset to Fletchers.

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More than just a college

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Enrichment

Enrichment

Alongside studying, Southport College offers lots of opportunities to get involved in different enrichment activities throughout the year such as trips and visits, fundraising, charity work and competitions.

Library Learning Centres

Library Learning Centres

Southport College has four Library Learning Centres open to all students, whatever they are studying. Each centre contains a wide range of resources relevant to college work

Student Life

Student Life

Southport College is not just about studying; we provide lots of opportunities for students to gain additional skills and talents, meet new people and make friends such as representing the College as a student voice, taking part in Sports and joining our LGBT+ society.