Activate Apprenticeships lead colleges’ bid to deliver UK-wide apprenticeships for Amey

The Collab Group of colleges has been selected by Amey, an internationally recognised supplier of infrastructure and public support services, to manage its apprenticeship provision across the UK. Collab Group, a network of 36 of the largest college providers across the UK, will be the exclusive provider of apprenticeship training, with Oxford based Collab Group member Activate Apprenticeships as the lead provider.

Amey’s apprenticeships will be delivered through local colleges, working across multiple service areas, including highways, engineering, as well as providing team leader and management training for senior staff. Activate Apprenticeship and the Collab Group colleges will work with Amey to map existing training courses to the new apprenticeship standards; these courses will be fully accredited, and eventually rolled out to approximately 1,000 Amey managers.

In one of the first agreements of its type since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, Activate Apprenticeship’s partnership model, as Collab Group’s leader provider, will provide Amey with consistently high quality apprenticeship provision for its diverse and distributed workforce, while allowing for flexibility at local level.

Ian Pretty – Collab Group’s CEO said: ‘We are continuing to challenge the traditional approach of apprenticeship delivery by offering Amey and others access to our unique, national managed service model. The recent introduction of the apprenticeship levy presents a great opportunity for the industry to continue to invest in the creation and development of a sustainable and highly skilled workforce. Collab Group colleges are at the forefront of providing highly specialised training to equip the future workforce with the skills to drive economic productivity and growth. Our colleges are deeply embedded in their local communities, and our national delivery network across the UK makes us uniquely placed to offer customised and flexible provision to a range of clients within the engineering industry and beyond. We greatly look forward to working with Amey to invest in their talent and harness the collective expertise of our network of forward thinking and dynamic colleges.”

Ian Deninson Amey’s Group HR and Communication’s Director comments on the appointment: “We strongly believe in investing in our apprentices and employees, allowing them to gain the skills and confidence that will serve them through a long career with us.

“With a diverse range of apprenticeships available and with our UK geographical spread, we believe that working in partnership with Collab Group, with their locally based colleges will support our apprentices ensuring they have access to tailored and professional training that’s local to them

Pablo Lloyd, CEO Activate Apprenticeships, said: “This is a true partnership with Amey Plc and other Collab Group members. We are delighted to be chosen as lead provider, and will bring our experience of complex multi-site delivery to make sure Amey apprentices and business units receive a service which is both flexible and consistently high quality.”