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Praise for response to the coronavirus pandemic

THE swift actions of all at Lakes College has enabled thousands of staff and learners to work remotely during the coronavirus outbreak. The college’s plan…

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First class honours for students at Northern Hub of the National College for Nuclear

The hard work and commitment has paid off for the first group of graduates at the Northern Hub of the National College for Nuclear. The…

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Message to learners from Principal Chris Nattress

Hello everyone, My thanks to you all for your very positive response to us moving to offsite working at short notice. We will continue to…

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Letter to Higher Education students

As Universities Minister, I wanted to write to students in higher education to explain the latest developments in the battle against COVID-19. I want to…

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Message to all learners from Principal Chris Nattress

Message to all learners from Principal Chris Nattress – Wednesday, March 25  This is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for everyone involved with…

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Student support and wellbeing

There are a number of online websites where learners can get support. These can be found by clicking on the links below: Anna Freud National…

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Update: ActivZone customer notice

Due to a government announcement on March 20, ActivZone community facilities will be closed until further notice. We want to thank all of our custmers…

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Important information for parents and guardians

In the event of a partial or full college closure please be reassured that Lakes College will provide ‘remote learning’ to ensure all our students…

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Important information for college based students

In the event of a partial or full college closure please be reassured that Lakes College will provide ‘remote learning’ to ensure you continue to…

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Working From Home

Need help working from home? Below are some guides and tutorials on how you can do so. If you need any other help please contact…

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Coronavirus FAQ

LAST UPDATED: 20/03/2020 at 10:45am. PLEASE NOTE: We are constantly updating this page with updated and accurate information. If you have a question that has…

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Coronavirus Updates, Links and Information

We are constantly updating this webpage with the latest updates, links and information relating to the coronavirus outbreak. The Government announced that schools and colleges…

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ActivZone Customer Notice

In line with the latest government advice we would encourage all clients who fall into one of the vulnerable persons categories (i.e. are more at…

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Update: Progress Review Evening

Given the current situation regarding Coronavirus in Cumbria, we have taken the decision to minimise footfall through the college and will therefore be postponing the…

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Update: Coronavirus

In relation to the matter recently reported in local media we have been made aware that a Carlisle participant in a football match held in…

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Further Forces event to help ex-military personnel

A college lecturer who served with the army in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan is urging former armed forces personnel to follow her in considering a…

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Further Forces 2020 National Recruitment Conference: Enquiry Form

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Update: Coronavirus

LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020 The latest statement from Chris Nattress, Lakes College principal: The safety and well-being of our students, staff and governors…

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Education and Training Foundation and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 award Lakes College’s Chris Fairclough a Technical Teaching Fellowship

Today at an event held at The Royal Society in London, Chris Fairclough was awarded a Technical Teaching Fellowship from the Education and Training Foundation…

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Lakes College Achieves Bronze Better Health at Work Award

Lakes College have demonstrated their commitment to health and wellbeing at work by achieving the Bronze Level of the Better Health at Work Award. The…

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Lakes College Welders Selected to Represent UK at WorldSkills

Two Lakes College welding learners have been selected to represent Squad UK in the welding skill. Morgan Roberts and Danny Hills initially competed in the…

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Lakes College Learners Submit High Numbers of UCAS Applications

University prospects are on the horizon for Lakes College learners as they sent off high numbers of UCAS applications to their selected universities this week….

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Lakes College Nurse Cadets Deliver Christmas Hampers to Hospital Staff

Learners studying the Nurse Cadets programme at Lakes College surprised NHS staff at Cockermouth Community Hospital and West Cumberland Hospital with festive Christmas hampers. The…

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Lakes College Holds Festive Christmas Fair Event

Lakes College learners and staff celebrated in festive fashion whilst raising funds and awareness for important local charities at their ‘Lakes Christmas’ event. The festive…

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Lakes College Learners Help With Santa’s Grotto Decorations

A group of creative learners at Lakes College painted and crafted a number of festive Christmas decorations used in Santa’s grotto at the Workington Christmas…

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Lakes College Congratulates Creating Careers in Cumbria Graduates

The latest cohort from the award-winning Creating Careers in Cumbria Programme celebrated their graduation at Whitehaven Golf Club recently. The programme runs as a collaboration…

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Public Services Learners Head to UCLAN for Forensics Workshop Event

Our Level 3 Public Services learners recently took part in an exciting forensics workshop event at UCLAN in Preston. The workshop offered the opportunity for the learners…

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Lakes College Students Weld Their Way to Success in WorldSkills UK Finals

A skilled team of Lakes College welding learners represented their college, Cumbria and the North West in the national finals of the SkillWeld competition at…

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Lakes College Courses to Offer UCAS Points

Lakes College are pleased to announce that learners now earn UCAS points while studying National College for Nuclear Level 3 Nuclear Engineering and Science courses…

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Jasmine Wins Prestigious Business Award

One of the incredible business admin apprentices studying with us was awarded as the ‘Apprentice/Trainee of the Year’ at the In-Cumbria Business Awards on Thursday…

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Cyber Essentials Certification for Lakes College

Lakes College are thrilled to announce their achievement of the government-backed Cyber Essentials Plus Certification. Cyber Essentials is a key part of the UK’s National…

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Omer and Jamie win at the Golden Apple Awards 2019

It was double success for Lakes College at the 2019 Golden Apple Awards with wins for both the college team and a student at this…

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Lakes College students’ brilliant baking skills raise £225 at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Lakes College students baked a variety of homemade treats and served them alongside teas and coffees to students, staff and members of the public to…

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Lakes College Welcomes Students with Freshers’ Fair Event

Lakes College welcomed students to college life with the opportunity to mingle with local businesses, charities and organisations at their annual Freshers’ Fair. The event,…

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Baking for charity is a piece of cake for Lakes College students

Students at Lakes College showed off their baking skills and took part in The Great Hospice Cake Off, baking and selling their delicious creations to…

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DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check

A requirement of the course you are enrolling on is that you complete a DBS check. To undertake this, we require you to bring evidence…

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Progress at Lakes College – GCSE success

Hundreds of students flocked to Lakes College to receive their English and maths GCSE results this morning as the college celebrated progress and fantastic results….

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Level 3 students receiving results

Lakes College paving the way to university

On a day where the country’s eyes are on A Level results, Lakes College students are also celebrating their fantastic Level 3 achievements with high…

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Lakes College Hosts End of Year Ceremonies

Lakes College West Cumbria recently held 2 prestigious celebration events to honour their students’ success and achievements throughout the year. The first event was the…

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Lakes College to deliver four new T Levels from September 2021

Lakes College are delighted to announce that they have been announced as the only further education provider in Cumbria to deliver all four new T…

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College’s Nurse Cadets baking up a charity cupcake storm!

Nurse Cadet students at Lakes College donned their aprons and took part in Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day baking and selling their delicious creations to help…

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Students take part in autopsy experience

Lakes College students donned surgical gowns and took part in a live post mortem experience. As seen on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, students at the west…

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Painting their own futures with Bell Decorating Group and Lakes College

Lakes College are proud to announce that they are teaming up with Bell Decorating Group to deliver the only painting and decorating academy in Cumbria….

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Blazing a Trail for Apprenticeships at Lakes College

Lakes College have been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2019 in style with a range of activities for students inspiring them to ‘Blaze a Trail’ with…

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Apprenticeships offer a number of benefits, not only do they allow you to receive a wage, but you gain a qualification while building practical skills…

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JOURNEY 2 WORK: advice and support to help you secure a job

The provision provides tailored support for participants, aiming to get you work ready! We will develop an individualised action plan which will provide support and…

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UCAS fever takes over at Lake College

Lakes College are celebrating the high number of university applications ahead of the application deadline on Tuesday 15th January. The college has increased the number…

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Cumbria Connect and Learn

Do you want to improve your English and Maths qualifications but never had the chance? Too busy to attend college? Think you can’t do Maths…

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UCAS top tips

Our top UCAS tips are: Check your top choice University/Colleges’ website and see what qualities and skills they look for to tailor your personal statement…

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Dream Placement 2019

Lakes College is offering teenagers a potentially life-changing opportunity to learn first-hand about leadership and career opportunities through Dream Placement 2019. Lakes College was one…

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Lakes College students make Christmas hampers to thank West Cumberland Hospital staff

Nurse Cadet students at Lakes College have been busy making Christmas hampers for staff at West Cumberland Hospital. As part of their study programme the…

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Business students at Lakes College are proud to be supporting the CFM Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal with Arco. The students are appealing to…

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‘Girls night’ success for Cancer Research

Lakes College beauty students’ girls night has raised a fantastic £244 for Cancer Research. The students’ organised a three day girl’s night, where they provided…

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Lakes College students are Inspira-tional

Three Lakes College students have recently been awarded with certificates for successfully completing the NCS programme in August. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a…

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Weld-done Lakes College- WorldSkills UK Champions!

Welding students at Lakes College have once again brought home the top prizes from WorldSkills UK boasting gold and silver medals along with a highly…

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Operation Christmas Child

Lakes College Business and IT students are getting into the Christmas spirit early this year fundraising and taking part in the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas…

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Lakes College win big at NDA event

Lakes College are extremely proud to announce that they have recently been awarded the highly sought-after ‘Best People Strategy Award’ at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority…

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Employers rate Lakes College top of the chart

Lakes College are proud to announce that they have been ranked fifth in the country for employer satisfaction according to the 2017/18 government survey, the…

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Taking Teaching Further

Lakes College have announced that they will be receiving new funding, one of only 37 providers in the country, to help boost skills in technical…

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Chemistry at the heart of Cumbria

Recently the Northern Hub of National College for Nuclear, based at Lakes College celebrated in style for the official opening ceremony of its state of…

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Lakes College gets political

Students at Lakes College were delighted to welcome Workington MP Sue Hayman to the college to join them in a study session helping to provide…

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Lakes College tutor thrilled after EuroSkills success in Budapest

Local welding expert Clive Bell recently returned from the prestigious, EuroSkills competition in Budapest having represented not just Cumbria, but the UK as the country’s…

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Cumbrian college does the maths on a share of £40 million funding

Lakes College has been selected to receive a share of £40 million to be a Centre for Excellence in maths. The Lillyhall college is one…

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Lakes College supports Colleges Week

Lakes College supports Colleges Week Lakes College was extremely proud to be support Colleges Week. Colleges Week took place from Monday 15 October to Friday…

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Top of the class for Lakes College – best further education provider in Cumbria!

Lakes College West Cumbria was recognised as the Best Further Education Provider in Cumbria at Friday evening’s Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apples are Cumbria’s…

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Lakes College students to compete at WorldSkills UK finals

Five Lakes College students have been selected as finalists for welding in the WorldSkills UK finals. The students have battled their way through regional heats…

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Lakes College – Golden Apple Awards finalists

We are delighted to announce that Lakes College are finalists for three Golden Apple Awards – Further Education Provider of the Year, Apprentice of the…

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Students receiving their Level 3 BTEC results 2018

Don’t forget the BTECs – Lakes College celebrates outstanding results

On a day where the country’s eyes are on A Level results, Level 3 students at Lakes College celebrate their fantastic Level 3 achievements with…

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APM PROJECT MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATION (PMQ)

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is a knowledge based qualification that allows you to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management. The course will provide…

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SkillWeld North West

Lakes leading at SkillWeld final

The North West region SkillWeld Final was held in the state of the art Construction Skills Centre at Lakes College on 11 July. Teams from…

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Celebrating success at annual graduation and awards ceremony

Donning graduation robes and mortarboards, higher education students took to the stage to receive their scrolls as recognition for completing their university level courses at…

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Nuclear Graduates create a decommissioning plan

Four Cohort 11 graduates from Nuclear Graduates attended a pilot course at the new National College for Nuclear in Lillyhall in June. In this three-day…

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18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations

18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations) was issued on 2nd July 2018….

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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 your 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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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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