Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), a Mersey Maritime Group company, has been praised in a preliminary report by Ofsted that positions the college as Merseyside’s leading provider of Engineering Apprenticeships. Key clients of the college include Cammell Laird and Peel Ports.

The news comes at a time when the college has recently announced that it is set to double in size and accommodate up to 500 apprentices. It also coincides with Merseyside’s £2bn Superport programme which is due to open late 2015. The Liverpool2 container terminal is set to create 56,000 new jobs over the next decade for Maritime Logistics and Energy sector.

Mersey Maritime Group Chief Executive Jim Teasdale said: “The whole team has worked extremely hard in recent years to make MECNW the training centre of choice for engineering apprentices and it’s incredibly satisfying to see that effort recognised by Ofsted.

“We take pride in our ability to build strong relationships with our clients. Major employers both within and outside of the maritime sector choose MECNW for their engineering apprenticeship programmes, as do large numbers of smaller businesses from across the region. What brings them to MECNW is the knowledge that investing in high quality training and skills is key to future growth and that MECNW is increasingly their provider of choice.”

MECNW Skills Director Terry Weston said: “We are delighted with the Ofsted report which can only strengthen the reputation of the Maritime and Engineering College North West as a leader within the maritime sector for producing outstanding apprentices.”