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Newcastle College announces new partnership with Formica Group

Laminate manufacturer Formica Group has been appointed as the primary apprenticeship delivery partner for Newcastle College.

The college already has a strong relationship with the manufacturer and the new partnership will see the delivery of apprenticeships and added value training services to new and existing Formica Group staff.

Paul Willard, head of business development at Newcastle College, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with an employer that has such a strong and successful heritage in the North East.

“In addition to delivering apprenticeships, we’re excited about working together to develop innovative training solutions in line with Formica Group’s business needs.

“Formica Group has more than 1000 staff across Europe, including a 500-strong workforce in the North East.”

Victoria Scott, Formica Group’s European talent & reward manager, said: “Developing current employees is obviously critical for us. It is also important for us to engage with local schools and offer opportunities to young people coming into the workforce.

Formica Group’s European procurement category manager, Adrienne Bishop, added: “After an extensive tender selection process, Newcastle College proved to be the best fit for our business.

“Working with local organisations where appropriate is something the procurement team feel strongly about, and we are looking forward to a successful, mutually beneficial working relationship with the college over the coming months.”

Following the agreement with Formica Group, Newcastle College will be looking to continue to strengthen its business partnerships and develop effective employer relationships.