BARNSLEY College has launched a new academy with the town’s biggest employers GXO.

GXO offers students a 12-month apprenticeship scheme where they can learn about various areas of the business.

The new academy provides the apprentices a new base at the college’s Old Mill Lane campus.

Helen Wetherston, Barnsley College’s director of business development, said: “We have worked with GXO for many years, so we are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with them by launching this academy.

“It will offer GXO apprentices a dedicated space within the College to help them with their academic work.

“We are looking forward to continuing transforming the lives of those apprentices and helping them to progress to where they want to be.”

Sarah Ottewell, apprentice manager, added: “I joined the team in 2017, and since then we have had 407 apprentices with 98 per cent of them graduating and receiving distinctions.

“It’s not just a credit to us, it’s to Barnsley College and their assessors for the work that they have put into each student.”