College means business
Mon 1 February 2016, 12:22 pm
An enterprise centre and two career colleges have opened at Harrow College.
Former education secretary, Lord Baker, was a keynote speaker at the official launch of the new centres on Friday 29 January 2015.
The new career colleges specialise in the digital and creative sectors and are the UK’s first for professional and business services. These are industries which are facing severe skills gaps over the next few years and as a result, offer career opportunities for young people.
Representatives from employers including Capgemini and BT were also present at the event.
Lord Baker, who is founder and trustee of the Career Colleges Trust, said: “I am delighted to see the official launch of Harrow’s two pioneering Career Colleges – which will offer many opportunities to both young people and to businesses in the area.
“I launched Career Colleges to ensure young people have good quality vocational options, which will lead to successful and fulfilling careers. Harrow College has identified two growing industries [professional and business services and digital and creative] which have many exciting job opportunities opening up now and over the next decade.
“With many supportive employers helping to design and deliver a relevant and inspiring curriculum, students here can benefit from the expertise of industry alongside first class facilities in the new £6.5 million Enterprise Centre. This is great news for both young people in the area and businesses.”
After listening to speeches from Lord Baker; mayor of Harrow, Councillor Ajay Maru and several other VIPs, guests were given a tour of the new Enterprise Centre.
This £6.5 million development offers a mix of traditional and more informal style classrooms, flexible work spaces and business incubation spaces. The apprenticeship service will also provide a “one-stop-shop” for recruitment and work placements.
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