A group of leading employers joined former Education Secretary Lord Baker at Harrow College today, to officially launch two pioneering Career Colleges and its new Enterprise Centre.
The new Career Colleges are specialising in Digital & Creative and the UK’s first for Professional & Business Services. These are industries which are facing severe skills gaps over the next few years and as a result, offer exciting career opportunities for young people. Representatives from top employers, including Capgemini and BT, joined Lord Baker and Chairman of the Career Colleges Trust, Luke Johnson, at the event. Guests received tours of the new Enterprise Centre, in which the two Career Colleges are based, as well as hearing from Career College students about their experience so far.
Speaking at the event, Lord Baker, 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 & Business Services and Digital & 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 £6.5m Enterprise Centre. This is great news for both young people in the area and businesses.”
Both Career Colleges had their first intake of students in September, having been granted approval to open by the Career Colleges Trust earlier in 2015. Career Colleges provide 14-19 year olds with high quality, employer-led education, ensuring they are equipped with the skills needed to progress into work and/or further/higher education. They aim to give young people a ‘clear line of sight’ to careers, not just first jobs.
Employers sit on an advisory board, helping to shape the curriculum as well as offering masterclasses, work experience and expert teaching for students. Michelle Perkins, Director Schools Outreach & The Prince’s Trust Digital Transformation Programmes at Capgemini UK, said: “Having worked with Harrow College for a couple of years, I’m really excited about their new Digital & Creative Career College. Clearly digital skills are the absolute key for young people creating their own careers. Without great digital skills young people will be denied access to careers in just about every industry in the UK. Capgemini loves working with innovative educators to ensure access to digital skills. I’m hoping that some of Harrow’s students will in the future be my colleagues advising clients on the best use of digital technologies and keeping Britain in the forefront of innovation and customer service”.
After listening to speeches from Lord Baker, Luke Johnson, the Mayor of Harrow and several other VIPs, guests at today’s launch were provided with a tour of the new Enterprise Centre. This £6.5m 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.
Opening and closing the event, Harrow College Principal and Chief Executive, Pat Carvalho, said:
“I am delighted that Harrow College has two Career Colleges in partnership with the Career Colleges Trust. This partnership with the Trust and employers will develop young people so that they are able to progress and gain employment in their chosen sector. Hand in hand with the formal launch of our two Career Colleges is the launch of the College’s Enterprise Centre which enables both employers and young people to engage and flourish in a business-focused environment. This supports the College’s strategic priority to nurture talent and develop the high level skills of young people and adults.”
The Enterprise Centre was designed by architects IBI Group, constructed by Morgan Sindall and project managed by AA Projects. Harrow College give special thanks to them and all partners involved in the new building project.
For images, interviews and further information about the event, please contact Sam Naik, Marketing & PR Executive, Harrow College on 020 8909 6573 or [email protected]
For more information about Career Colleges please contact Sarah Newman at the Career Colleges Trust on 07779 719199 or [email protected]
For more information about the new Enterprise Centre please contact Sam Naik, Marketing & PR Executive, Harrow College on 020 8909 6573 or [email protected]
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the Enterprise Centre
• Harrow College’s Enterprise Centre was completed by leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall plc. The building was designed by architects IBI Group and the project was managed by AA Projects.
• The four-storey building was developed with innovation and sustainability at the project’s core and has achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent.
• It comprises full automatic air conditioning, with heat recovery ventilation, solar control glazing, and low energy LED internal and external lighting. It also includes photovoltaic panels which generate electricity by converting solar energy.
• Morgan Sindall also delivered external landscaping which was designed and implemented with the aid of a specialist in animal habitats to provide shelter for local bat, bird and insect species.
• The 3000m2 building project which commenced in late 2014 welcomed its first classes at the start of this academic year. The building design brings a fresh, modern feel to the area. The architect’s design creates a strong contemporary frontage to complement the existing Grade II listed surrounding buildings.
• Traditional and informal style classrooms, flexible work spaces and business incubation spaces are all part of the new Enterprise Centre. The building also houses the College’s apprenticeship recruitment service.
• The centre has already hosted a variety of events including a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a Higher Education graduation ceremony, multiple Expo fairs, a fashion show and open days as well as day to day classes and career sessions.
• The centre is also the base for Career Colleges – a new concept in learning, focusing on employer-led education.
About Career Colleges based in Harrow College
• Harrow’s new Career Colleges specialise in Digital & Creative and the UK’s first for Professional & Business Services. Both had their first intake of students in September, having been granted approval to open by the Career Colleges Trust in 2015.
• Both of Harrow’s Career Colleges will be based inside the new Enterprise Centre.
• At Harrow College, Career Colleges provide 16-18 year olds with high quality, employer-led education, ensuring they are equipped with the skills needed to progress into work and/or further/higher education. They aim to give young people a ‘clear line of sight’ into careers – not just first jobs.
• Employers currently engaged with the Careers Colleges at Harrow College include BT, Cisco, Capgemini, Deloitte, IBM, Marks & Spencer and more.
About Harrow College
Across four Harrow-based campuses Harrow College offers an extensive range of qualifications including: A-levels, BTEC, TechBac, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Entry and Foundation level as well as the newest addition, Career Colleges. With more than 2,000 full time students and an extensive part time and professional courses provision for adults, the College thrives upon the delivery of academic and vocational courses and in 2013 was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.