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Volunteers pull together to help the river Irt

Volunteers from Lakes College joined a working party to help West Cumbria Rivers Trust manage an invasive weed which smothers native plants on the bankside…

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Distance learning courses available for free at Lakes College!

Do you want to improve you CV? Would you like to upskill and better your career options? Then look no further… Lakes College are excited…

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Lakes are proud to run and support ITEC

Lakes College are proud to be one of eleven colleges who run and support the ITEC course (Introduction to Engineering Construction). The course equips young…

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Lakes College students propose changes for Whitehaven

Recently Lakes college students took part in “WEX week” as part of their work experience. The work experience is designed to bridge the gap between…

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Lakes College students compete at AoC Sport National Championships

Students from Lakes College competed at the Association of Colleges Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, helping the North West region to finish in…

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Elements programme reaches new heights

Last week Lakes College hosted the Elements programme with UTC students working on the Big Rig in our construction centre. The students took part in…

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Local success for supported internships

Two young students from Lakes College are amongst the first in the County to successfully enrol on an initiative to offer work- based training in…

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Gary goes the extra mile for Cumbria Cerebral Palsy and Sport Relief

Gary Turner a former Lakes college student from Whitehaven, who has cerebral palsy and has been wheelchair bound most of his life decided last month…

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Lakes College brings home the gold for Cumbria

Catering students from Lakes College recently participated in the International Salon Culinaire in London bringing home a range of medals. The International Salon Culinaire is…

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Lakes College Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Lakes College staff and students celebrated National Apprenticeship Week 2018, which ran from the 5th-9th of March this year. The aim of the week is…

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Professor Paul Gilchrist- Director of Nuclear Technology at Jacobs Engineering delivers the first specialist guest lecture within the National College for Nuclear Northern Hub facility at Lakes College

Professor Paul Gilchrist- Director of Nuclear Technology at Jacobs Engineering, has delivered the first specialist guest lecture within the National College for Nuclear Northern Hub…

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National College for Nuclear- Officially Opened

A world class training facility designed to deliver the ‘workforce of tomorrow’ has officially opened in Cumbria. The UK’s National College for Nuclear (NCfN) –…

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Skills funding for Lakes College

Lakes College has been awarded £200,000 of a “Catalyst Fund”, which aims to close the skills gap and support the Industrial Strategy through curriculum development….

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Bright Spark

“Bright Spark” A level three apprentice studying at Lakes College has successfully managed to be selected for the “Sparks Electrical Apprentice of the Year” competition….

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“Send us to the Nationals”

“Send us to the Nationals” Five students from Lakes College have been lucky enough to be selected to represent the North West England rugby sevens…

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Good for Lakes!

“Good” For Lakes Lakes College is celebrating the New Year with a glowing report from Ofsted, giving good ratings in all categories, including apprenticeships, following…

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Joe Holliday Governor retirement

Lakes College governor retires after over sixteen years!

Students, staff and governors bade farewell to fellow governor Joe Holliday this week, who is to step down at the end of the year following…

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Students charity walk is a great success!

A lottery funded project based at Lakes College “Realising Your Potential Group” organised to join in with Countryfile’s Ramble on Saturday the 14th of October,…

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Lakes College gets another gold

Two apprentices from Lakes College recently attended the World Skills National Finals. World Skills UK is “all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical…

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Inspiring young people to choose a ‘blue light’ career

Health, care and emergency services, education providers and local businesses have joined forces to showcase the wide range of ‘blue light’ career opportunities available to…

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New nursing apprenticeship to be created by Cumbria-led consortium

A consortium led by the University of Cumbria has secured government funding to develop a new degree apprenticeship to train future generations of nurses. The…

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Lance wins Against All Odds Award

Congratulations to our very own Lance Gearing, who has won the Against All Odds award at the 2017 Golden Apple Awards! Judges were moved by…

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National College for Nuclear Northern Hub welcomes it first Lakes College students

As the new academic year begins, Lakes College have welcomed their first cohort of learners to the ECITB Level 3 Nuclear Engineering and Science course, the first…

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Lakes College and Copeland Borough Council Apprenticeship Partnership

We are delighted to announce that we will be working in collaboration with Copeland Borough Council to introduce a range of Modern Apprenticeship Opportunities. We are…

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Lakes College celebrates the success of its Higher Education students

Lakes College West Cumbria celebrated the success and achievements of its students at its annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 6th July. The event took at…

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Lakes College celebrates School Provision awards

Year 11 students from schools across west Cumbria gathered at Lakes College for the annual School Provision awards ceremony on Wednesday 10th May. 40 learners…

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Lakes College students win big at SkillBuild regionals

Two Lakes College students have won first and third place at the regional heats of SkillBuild 2017. They competed against students from across the North…

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Nurse Cadets fundraiser for Dementia UK and Alzheimer’s Society

Lakes College Nurse Cadets have raised a total of £178.24 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK by hosting a cake sale and coffee morning….

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Lakes College Just the Job Students raise money for Comic Relief

Lakes College ‘Just the Job’ students have raised a grand total of £290.11 for Comic Relief. The group of eight students put on a number…

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Students compete in Big Rig Challenge for National Apprenticeship Week

Three teams of Apprentices have battled it out and tested their limits on a nuclear training rig as part of National Apprenticeships Week. Lakes College…

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Students get a taste of Spanish culture

Fifteen Lakes College students got the chance to visit the cultural city of Barcelona as part of their course during February half term. The students,…

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Daniel Townsend Nominated for Renowned Apprentice of the Year Competition

A local student from Lakes College has qualified for a prestigious UK apprentice competition. Daniel Townsend is studying his level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical…

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Lakes College Nurse Cadets take part in charity fundraiser for West Cumberland Hospital

The Year 1 Nurse Cadets decided to raise money to create Christmas hampers for the staff on the Henderson Suite and Special Care Baby Unit….

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Lakes College Students win Silver and Bronze at SkillWeld Finals

Two students from Lakes College are celebrating after winning bronze and silver at a national welding competition. Sam Meagan and Conor Alexander won a bronze…

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Lakes College has second highest employer satisfaction rate in the country

Lakes College has the second highest scoring employer satisfaction rate in the country for General FE Colleges, with a satisfaction rate of 98.8% according to…

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Lakes College celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for the National College for Nuclear

Lakes College Principal, Chris Nattress, with Year 2 students Stuart Burke and Liam Wood, and Colin Reed, NCfN Board Chair   Work on the National…

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Lakes College SkillWeld Finalists

Lakes College SkillWeld Finalists

Four Lakes College welding students have qualified for the WorldSkills UK National finals to be hosted in Birmingham. Conor Alexander, Conor Greenhow, Dariush Padidar-Nazar and…

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Jack Gordon celebrates A Level success

A Lakes College student is celebrating his A Level results success today. Jack Gordon, the only A Level student at the college, received two A*s…

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Lakes College in Top 10 for Student Satisfaction

Lakes College West Cumbria has been ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey undertaken by Higher Education students…

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Lakes College Catering Go Barcelona

Twelve Lakes College students waved goodbye to British soil and said ‘Hola’ to the sandy shores of Barcelona. The catering students were lapping up the…

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Lakes College building new flagship electrical suite

Twelve trainees on a JTL Traineeship are helping the Electrical Department at Lakes College to develop and build a brand new electrical suite. The new…

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Lakes College celebrates its Annual Award Ceremony

Lakes College West Cumbria celebrated the success and achievements of its students at its annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 7th July. The event took at…

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Sam Meagan wins Regional SkillWeld Competition

Four of Lakes College students competed in the SkillWeld 2016 regional heats and won the top four places. Sam Meagan, won first place in the…

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Lakes College Art Student’s Open End of Year Exhibition

Arts students of Lakes College have opened the end of year art exhibition, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Van Gogh Gogh,’ to the public. The…

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Vincent Rourke Wins Gold at SkillBuild Regionals

Brickwork student Vincent Rourke has won gold at the regional heat of SkillBuild 2016. The Lakes College student competed against students from across the North…

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College Tutors Cycle in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Nine tutors from Lillyhall’s Lakes College participated in a charity Coast to Coast challenge during the bank holiday weekend, and are on track to raise…

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Cumbria Sports Games Collaborative Event

The annual Cumbria Sports Games took place at Cumbria Sports Academy (Copeland Stadium) on Wednesday 12th May, with Lakes College being named as overall winners….

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Lakes College to host UK’s national nuclear training college

Cumbria will be home to the UK’s National College for Nuclear – a world class training facility designed to fire the growth of the UK’s…

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Lakes College students volunteer in libraries to help the local community

Lakes College Level 3 Health & Social Care students have been volunteering as Digital Access Volunteers at Whitehaven and Workington Library, delivering a total of…

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Luke Shield Wins Renowned Apprentice of the Year Competition

Electrical Installation Apprentice Luke Shield has been announced as Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 Sparks Magazine competition. The Lakes College student competed against…

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£1 million 3G Pitch Launched at Lakes College

Our brand new £1 million 3G sports pitch had its grand opening at the college on Tuesday 8th March, with sporting displays from local school…

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Lakes College Art students design Toyota Aygo Wrap

Lakes College Art and Photography students have taken part in a competition with Myers & Bowman to design a wrap for a Toyota Aygo. The…

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Salon Culinaire Medal Winners

Catering Students Win Silver in Prestigious Competition

Students from the Catering department at Lakes College have returned from the renowned Salon Culinaire completion in London with a total of five silver and…

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Lakes College Nurse Cadets Start Placements

Students studying on the Nurse Cadet programme at Lakes College have now started their work placements in hospitals across West Cumbria and the local community….

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Lakes College is the first college in Cumbria to receive an AA Rosette

Graduates restaurant at Lakes College has been awarded the AA College Rosette as a result of exceptional hospitality. It is the first college in Cumbria…

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First 3G Pitch in West Cumbria to Open at Lakes College

Lakes College, Sport England, the Rugby Football Union, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and the…

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Lakes College Apprentices Win Big at WorldSkills

The vocational skills of some of Lakes College’s Apprentices were celebrated at this year’s WorldSkills national finals. Welder Jamie Lee Robinson won a gold medal…

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Golden Apples Winners!

Darren Kilvington for Against All Odds: Darren started his life over from scratch in September 2014, and hasn’t looked back since. He was daunted by…

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Lakes College reaches top 100 for university-level student satisfaction

Lakes College is now considered one of the top 100 providers of university level education in the UK. Following the National Student Survey, which is…

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Painting and Decorating Employability Training Workshop at Lakes College

Lakes College have been working in partnership with not-for-profit housing provider Home Group and their Painting and Decorating contractor, Bell Group to give unemployed people…

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Stay West Scheme Launches ‘Realising Our Potential’ Project

The Stay West scheme, based here at Lakes College, has launched a new project with the aim of improving the life skills of people with…

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National College for Nuclear Announcement

In relation to the announcement made by Business Minister Matt Hancock today, I am delighted to confirm that Lakes College has been become a founding…

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