Cheshire College Learner Gets Ahead Of The Game With Degree Apprenticeship

Cheshire College offers a rich and engaging Higher Education experience for those looking to advance their studies and for one learner, completing a Degree Apprenticeship with the region’s largest provider of post-16 education has been the perfect opportunity to learn and earn. 

Third year Apprentice James Millington had a desire to start working straight after completing his A Levels and with the opportunity to gain higher level qualifications at the same time, which would stand him in good stead to progress within the motor industry, he joined Cheshire College as a Higher Education learner.  

James Millington, Degree Apprentice of the Year, Cheshire College – South & West Apprenticeship Awards 2020

James has achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) and is now currently working towards a top-up degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Working with Bentley Motors in their Powertrain Engineering department, since starting his Apprenticeship James has achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) both to distinction level and is now currently working towards a top-up degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.  

Commenting on his Higher Education experience James said: “I have learnt so much since starting my Apprenticeship and continue to do so every day. Completing my HNC and HND in two years allowed me to further develop my understanding of specialist sector knowledge which has proved to be a strong foundation for the new learning I have embarked upon this year.  

“Whilst studying, I’ve also been able to work in many areas within Bentley and build a strong contact network who have helped me develop the skills and tools I will need for my future career in the industry. Completing my Degree Apprenticeship with Cheshire College has come with so many added benefits to help me progress from full-time education into the world of work.” 

Tom Russell, Early Careers Lead at Bentley Motors, commented: “James has proved himself to be a real asset to Bentley during his Degree Apprenticeship so far. Through his qualifications and on the job learning he has been able to deliver real impact to tasks and deliverables, and has even led a number of projects himself. He is a fine example of why apprenticeships are so valuable to businesses and individuals, delivering real work experiences interwoven with high level academic study.” 

Cheshire College provide a wide range of industry-relevant courses within their Higher Education undergraduate study programme from Business and Construction to Engineering and Education, and work alongside their university partners to offer a range of Foundation Degrees, Top-Up Degrees and full Degree qualifications too. 
Claire Barton, Dean of Higher Education at Cheshire College, said: “Higher Education at Cheshire College provides fantastic opportunities for so many different learners, whether they are joining us having just completed their Level 3 qualifications, are returning to education as mature learners or looking to develop knowledge already gained out in industry. James’ experience is a fantastic example of how our learners can successfully progress through the various stages of undergraduate study with us whilst working at the same time. 

“All our study programmes ensure learners can reach their full potential alongside commitments outside of College with a strong focus on offering industry-relevant courses alongside flexible timetabling and support facilities.” 

Higher Education at Cheshire College offers high-quality teaching from industry and academic professionals at a lower tuition fee with smaller class sizes to ensure learners are able to get the most out of their studies and achieve the qualification they’ve always dreamed of. 

There’s never been a better time to Stay Near, Go Far. To find out more about Higher Education at Cheshire College visit