Colleges and Employers

College and Employers

A strong and growing economy is in all of our interests, and colleges play a central role in sustaining the recovery – they are the skills powerhouses that drive the local and national economy. Further education colleges across England make sure future workers have the skills employers require, and provide young people with the education and training they need to succeed.

Some of Britain’s most respected companies, such as Mulberry, BAE Systems and the Met Office, want their staff to have appropriate skills and work with colleges to make this happen. It is achieved in two ways – through designing qualifications specifically for the employer and through businesses working with colleges to inspire students. This relationship boosts aspirations, highlights the importance of employability skills and promotes the different roles available in a range of industries.

The case studies below highlight some of the partnerships created between colleges and businesses.

City College Southampton and Ben Ainslie Racing

For most young people, a Duke of Edinburgh Award or week of work experience is a welcome boost to their CV. But a group of youngsters from Hampshire have something very different to shout about as they start their careers, having hand built a pair of boats for an Olympic sailor.

City College Plymouth and Princess Yachts International plc

Two of the oldest and most established organisations in Plymouth, Devon have been working together to support business success and the future workforce in the city - City College Plymouth and Princess Yachts International plc.

Petroc & Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

The Care Academy is a ground breaking and prestigious initiative developed by Petroc and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust with support from Health Education South West.

Capel Manor College and New Covent Garden Market

London’s Capel Manor College has developed a partnership with New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market and hub of the country’s flower industry.

Barking & Dagenham College & RAC

The RAC has chosen Barking & Dagenham College as its partner in the launch of its new apprentice patrol academy pilot. Six new apprentices, the first recruits to the Greater London-based pilot, will spend two years in training to acquire the same skills as fully qualified RAC patrols.

Carshalton College and Aidan Phelan Academy

Carshalton College has launched a new partnership with celebrity hairdresser Aidan Phelan, with the opening of the Aidan Phelan Training Academy.

South Essex College & the Royal Opera House

South Essex College has formed a partnership with the Royal Opera House and the University of the Arts London (UAL) deliver a BA (Hons) degree in Costume Construction.

Leeds City College & British Gas

A pilot apprenticeship programme launched by Leeds City College and British Gas in 2014 is being extended from September 2015. 

City of Wolverhampton College & BBC

City of Wolverhampton College has been selected by the BBC to help train apprentices nationwide - as part of a new scheme giving people a chance to break into radio.

Hull College & Trident

Hull College and Trident, an international printing and packaging company, have a relationship that reaches back 20 years when the company first started.

Furness College & BAE Systems

Furness College has developed a partnership with BAE Systems Maritime Submarines to develop the skills and training needed by the company.

Bridgwater College – Mulberry & Laing O’Rourke

Bridgwater College has developed strong ties with high-profile employers in the UK including Mulberry and Laing O'Rourke.

Amersham and Wycombe College & Pinewood Studios Group

Amersham and Wycombe College and Pinewood Studios Group have worked together to develop bespoke training for one of the world leaders in film and television studio facilities.

Leeds College of Building & Balfour Beatty

Leeds College of Building has secured a contract with multinational construction and infrastructure group Balfour Beatty to deliver Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships in the Sustainable Built Environment.

Newcastle College & Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle College works with Newcastle International Airport to deliver its Aviationa Academy.

Central College Nottingham & Boots UK

Boots UK works closely with Central College Nottingham as part of its StepIn2Boots Apprenticeship programme, which supports young people aged 16 to 18 into a career in science, IT or engineering.

Blackpool and The Fylde College & BAE Systems

Since 2007, global defence, aerospace and security company BAE Systems has worked collaboratively with Blackpool and The Fylde College to ensure education and training solutions meet the exacting requirements of blue chip companies.

Cheadle and Marple College Network & Royal Sun Alliance, Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG, PwC & ING (UK) Ltd

The Cheadle and Marple College Network has established strong lnks with some of the biggest financial companies in the UK to develop their students skills.

Exeter College & The Met Office

Exeter College has collaborated with The Met Office across a number of training and development areas.

Bedford College & Vauxhall

Since 2011, Bedford College has worked closely with General Motors (Vauxhall) to deliver apprenticeships in engineering.

Hackney Community College & Tech City

Hackney Community College has developed a Tech City Apprenticeship with large employers to develop the skills of local people.

Plumpton College & Marks & Spencer

Plumpton College and Marks & Spencer have developed a strong working relationship across a number of business areas.

New College Durham & Beamish Museum

New College Durham has developed a strong strategic partnership with Beamish Museum across all curriculum areas.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College & Newcastle Falcons

Hartlepool Sixth Form College has worked with Aviva Premiership rugby team the Newcastle Falcons to develop a rugby academy.