City & Guild college engagement with employers award - Riverside College Case Study

A new STEM centre has been developed in collaboration with employers to respond to advanced skills needs driven by new technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

An innovative ‘non silo’ approach to STEM delivery has been introduced with cross curriculum collaboration to deliver specific and generic transferable skills sets which embrace new technology. This has been supported by employer initiatives including engagement in the centre design, curriculum content, placements and student projects.

Students have benefited from increased placements and high achievement grades. These ultimately have led to an increase in destinations into apprenticeships and HE progression. The initiative has also been a catalyst for increasing female participation in STEM for students and staff and also increased the provision of joint school career events with employers.

It has enabled wider opportunities for college students to experience the impact of new technology across all sectors and has included the introduction of hybrid A level and vocational programmes. The integration of employer engagement provides a model for the introduction of T levels across the wider college curriculum.

We have developed an innovative and sustainable curriculum to meet employer needs and ensure our students become a highly skilled and adaptable workforce of the future.