Bedfordshire charity The Connolly Foundation has given £30,000 to help support up to 60 apprentices in construction and engineering at Bedford College.
Level 3 apprentices in these industries will be able to apply for up to £500 each to use on travel, tools or other expenses incurred as part of their preparation for careers in much needed skills.
The Kathleen and Michael Connolly Foundation has previously supported university students and various local schools and community projects.
Presenting the cheque to Bedford College were foundation Trustee Mr Andrew Rowe and Cllr Alison Field-Foster.
Bedford College Student Services Director Lesley Ferguson, Student Finance Manager Neil Keech and Apprentices Manager Mary Palmer joined Principal and CEO Ian Pryce in receiving the cheque.
Bedford College is the largest provider of apprentices in Bedfordshire and has long tradition of supporting trainees into the fields of construction and engineering.
Ian Pryce said: “This is tremendous boost for students who are being skilled in the latest technologies. We accepted the cheque in front of our Brundtland Building which is a shining example of modern engineering and construction techniques.”
Trustee Andrew Rowe said “We are looking to support young people with ambition who will bring added value and industry growth to the county over time”.