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LAKES COLLEGE GETS GLOWING REPORT FOR ITS INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE SERVICES

Celebrations are taking place as Lakes College is reaccredited to the matrix Standard which demonstrates the high quality of information, advice and guidance services they provide.  The Lillyhall-based college employs more than 200…

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Welcome message from Principal Chris Nattress

What a great week it’s been at Lakes College! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the…

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Fancy a career as a teaching assistant?

A west Cumbrian woman is encouraging more people to follow her and consider a career as a teaching assistant. Teaching assistants will be playing a…

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Lakes College students celebrate GCSE success

Hard-working Lakes College students are celebrating their GCSE achievements with many progressing on to the next stage of their journey. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic,…

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Electrical Inspection and Testing Short Course

Click here to find out more information about the Electrical Inspection and Testing short course which we offer at Lakes College

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Plans revealed for Civil Engineering Training Centre 

Plans have been revealed to build a world-class Civil Engineering Training Centre at Lakes College.   The facility would be built on land opposite the college’s…

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Nuclear apprentices receive stellar results

A GROUP of nuclear apprentices have not let working from home during the lockdown stand in their way of achieving stellar results. Out of the…

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Looking for a career in business? Join Lakes College

If you’re looking for a career in business, Lakes College can help you realise your dream. The skills which are taught on the Level 2…

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Brandy Snap Baskets with a Summer Berry Mousse

Brandy Snap Baskets Makes 16 Ingredients For the brandy snaps 55g/2oz butter 55g/2oz demerara sugar 55g/2oz golden syrup 50g/1¾oz plain flour ½ level tsp ground…

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Buzz around Lakes College as some learners return

There’s a buzz around Lakes College as some students returned to the site for the first time in 12 weeks.  All students have been working…

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An insight into the virtual reality world

A high-tech drive to use virtual reality and other immersive technologies at Lakes College is proving a huge hit. Led by Rachel Bass, who calls…

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Update on reopening of Lakes College

Arrangements for the reopening of Lakes College site for specific learners and staff during June Following the latest guidance from Government regarding FE Colleges, I…

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Free courses to help secure care sector jobs

A free course designed to help a wider range of people take advantage of job opportunities in the care sector has been announced by Lakes…

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Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

This Cumbrian favourite is the fourth recipe in our lockdown guide on how to create restaurant-style food from your own home, as demonstrated by our catering…

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COVID-19 update – A Message from Principal Chris Nattress

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.  Following the Government announcement that schools and colleges should offer some face-to-face contact with…

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College experience brought to life in virtual Discovery Week (May 18-22)

Bringing the student experience to life has been a unique challenge for those at Lakes College. But thanks to a virtual Discovery Week which begins…

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Recipe: Chocolate Delice

This is the third recipe in our lockdown guide about how to create restaurant-style food from your own home, as demonstrated by our catering students….

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Police call Lakes College staff ‘lifesavers’ for helping train dogs

New police recruits – dogs Jovi, Dot and Lola – have been undergoing vital training at Lakes College. Due to lockdown restrictions, the venues where…

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Lakes College offers free courses to help lockdown Cumbrians

Cumbrians can improve their job prospects during the UK lockdown thanks to one of the county’s leading colleges. Lakes College is offering 34 adult distance…

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Student goes above and beyond to help NHS

A HELPFUL student at Lakes College has gone above and beyond to support the NHS during challenging times. Jonathan Blackmore, a painting and decorating student,  and…

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Recipe: Lamb Shank in a Red Wine and Mint Jus

This is the second recipe in our lockdown guide about how to create restaurant-style food from your own home, as demonstrated by our catering students….

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A Message to Parents and Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians, Despite the challenges we are all facing we continue to deliver our lessons online to the highest standard, ensuring our students…

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Top tips for studying from home

We’ve all had to make major changes to our daily routines due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. We understand that learning from home can be…

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A recipe from our catering students – Pea and Mint Arancini Balls

During the coronavirus lockdown, we’re going to be posting regular restaurant-quality recipes which you can cook from your own home. Recipe 1: Pea and Mint Arancini…

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Lakes College donates vital protective supplies to town centre pharmacies

Staff at two pharmacies who were desperately trying to find protective gloves, aprons and face masks, have thanked Lakes College for coming to the rescue….

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The Victorian Candle Co shining light on coronavirus pandemic

A member of the Lakes College team, along with his brother, is hoping to bring a ray of light to peoples’ lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Aidan…

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Update on coronavirus

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

Click here to view the ‘Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19’ leaflet by Every Life Matters There are a number of online websites where learners…

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Update on coronavirus

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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Lakes College Coronavirus Update

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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Lakes College Coronavirus Update

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

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

Coronavirus FAQ

PLEASE NOTE: We are constantly updating this page with updated and accurate information. If you have a question that has not been answered on this…

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Update on coronavirus

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 on coronavirus

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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Technical Teaching Fellowship Awards 2020

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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In-Cumbria Business Awards 2019

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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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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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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Lakes College Learners holding banner describing CFM's Mission Christmas Cash for Kids charity campaign

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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Clive Bell

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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Golden Apple Awards 2018 - Lakes College: Best Further Education Provider 2018

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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WorldSkills UK finalists

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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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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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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