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College group calls on industry leaders to help deliver economy-boosting skills

Stratford Editorial 30th Jan, 2021   0

INDUSTRY leaders are being urged to help Warwickshire College Group ensure it is delivering the skills needed to support the present and future economy.

The college group, now known as WCG, has seven colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire and is calling for more individuals from the regional business community to join its advisory boards.

The group, which specialises in technical and vocational education, is aiming to strengthen its link with business, ensuring it is prepared to play a key role in post-Brexit and post-pandemic economic recovery.

Each of the seven sites within the group is supported by an advisory board – which look to identify with the varying economic needs and challenges the area brings.

It is hoped ten new board members can be recruited across the group. The key responsibilities include advising on the educational character of the colleges and the needs of local stakeholders, while counselling on whether their curriculum matches the area’s economic needs.

Other roles include helping WCG to further understand the local labour market and support building more opportunities for student work experience, internship and post-college employment.

CEO Angela Joyce said: “We offer training and apprenticeships across a vast range of industry sectors and believe in building strong meaningful links between education and business.

“It is essential that we use all of our resources in the right places to support the economic recovery in the regions our colleges are based.

“In order to do this we are inviting more people from the business community to join our advisory boards.

“They will help us to make certain that our colleges are delivering the skills required for businesses and supporting the workforce of the future.

“By strengthening ties with WCG, it will also give advisory board members access to new contact networks and a direct link to the brightest young talent to support the future of their businesses.”

Email [email protected] for more information about joining an advisory board at WCG.

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