About Carlisle College

Carlisle College is a welcoming, inclusive and inspiring further education college, serving the post-16 education and training needs of Carlisle and the surrounding area since 1954. Every year, it helps more than 2,700 students take their next steps towards their future and works closely with over 350 employers and 700 apprentices as it works towards achieving its vision of empowering learners and businesses through excellence and innovation to support local and regional prosperity.

Carlisle College impact


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Partnerships with employers

Supporting Local Businesses

Carlisle College currently works with more than 700 apprentices across 350 local leading businesses.

It provides students with the best facilities that reflect those found in industry, combined with teaching staff who are experts in their fields and have real life industry experience, allowing students to realise their career ambitions and make a valuable contribution within the workforce of the College's Employer Partners.


British housebuilding company, Persimmon sponsor the student and apprenticeship awards at Carlisle College. They also take on a large number of apprentices every year, provide industry experiences for other students at the college, and regularly get involved with community projects such as "Give a Day to Carlisle" with their apprentices.

Engaging with the community

Carlisle College Hosts the Annual Carlisle Skills Fair

Carlisle MP, John Stevenson hosts an annual training and recruitment event for local employers at Carlisle College.

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Carlisle College Principalship Team

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Sarah McGrath

Principal Carlisle College

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in Further Education and is passionate about the difference it can make to people's lives. She became Principal of Carlisle College in 2021 and is driven by widening participation and improving life chances of the people of Carlisle and beyond.

Christian Thersby Carlisle College NCG

Christian Thersby

Vice Principal Carlisle College

Suzanne Wannop Carlisle College NCG

Suzanne Wannop

Director of Student Experience and Community Engagement Carlisle College