Two apprentices left unqualified and unemployed by the collapse of MG Rover said they had "been offered a lifeline" by their college.
Suzanna Box, aged 20, and Lisa Byrne, 19, were among the 78 apprentices who faced an uncertain future when MG Rover collapsed in April.
The two were employees of MG Rover but spent much of their time studying economics, law, European business, marketing and other subjects as part of their HNC at the Matthew Boulton College.
When they were made redundant, the college was happy to pick up their £12,500 a year salaries and keep them on the course.
"We didn't know where we stood when the Rover thing happened," said Suzanna.
"The Matthew Boulton College have kindly taken us on until August so we can finish our HNC in Business. We still don't feel 100 per cent secure but we have certainly been given a lifeline with the continuation of our qualification."
Lisa said: "When MG Rover collapsed we were extremely worried but the support of the college has been brilliant.
"Without them we would be in a very bad situation."
Suzanna was also quick to point out that many MG Rover workers were struggling to find employment or training.
She said: "There are lots of schemes in place to help people and there has been action taken to train people but I know some who have worked for as much as 30 years who are still out of work and receiving benefits. But we are now classed as employed," she added. Peter Tudor, the college's vice principal said: "We were concerned that young people shouldn't fall down the hole and be abandoned.
"It was important to give them security and enable them to progress with their careers."