Apprenticeships across UK

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Bedford College is part of the Collab Group of Colleges which has been selected by leading property, residential, construction and services group, Kier, based at Sandy, Bedfordshire, to help facilitate its apprenticeship provision across the UK.

An innovative, managed service model will harness the power of 36 of the largest colleges in the UK - including Bedford College which is now No.1 in the region.

Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of Bedford College said:  “Bedford College is proud to be one of the founding members of Collab Group.  Individual colleges could not offer the UK-wide service we can deliver by coming together.  Kier is a great company and I’m delighted they have judged our innovative approach to be best for their future skills training, and giving them access to the expertise of so many major colleges.”

This is the first contract of its kind between the construction and Further Education sectors and will see Collab Group colleges delivering a range of construction, highways, engineering, project management and professional apprenticeships for Kier. In addition, Collab Group will support Kier in other areas including widening its talent pool and supporting Kier Group ambitions to increase diversity in its workforce.

The Collab Group said: “This is an exciting time for the FE sector and for the Collab Group. We are excited to work with Kier Group to help develop their future talent. 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 imbedded 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 construction industry and beyond. We greatly look forward to working with Kier to invest in their talent and harness the collective expertise of our network of forward thinking and dynamic colleges.”

Katie Nightingale – Kier Group Early Careers Manager said: “We’re looking forward to this new partnership with Collab Group as we continue to develop our training programmes for apprentices and those looking to join the industry.”

“We’ll be able to work with Collab Group to have access to a number of training providers, enabling us to continue to deliver a consistent, high quality apprenticeship offering across the UK.”

For more information on the apprenticeships offered by Bedford College go to

Collab Group is a membership organisation representing 36 of the largest colleges in the UK; this includes members in the devolved nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Kier Group plc is a leading property, residential, construction and services group which operate across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities.