Collab Group: London
London has a dynamic skills system which drives an economy that generates 22% of UK GDP and contributes £34 billion in revenues to the exchequer each year. The continuing success of the London economy will be vital to secure our collective economic growth and future prosperity.
We're bringing together Chief Executives and Principals from the largest colleges in the FE sector, with geographical coverage across 22 of the 32 London boroughs and a combined student population of over 150,000. The group has been created to generate new ideas and to work collaboratively with industry and Government.
This group gives a voice to London's leading FE Chief Executives and Principals, by collaborating they can:
• Engage with key industry sectors
• Effectively influence pan-London policy
• Collectively develop solutions to support technical & professional education across London
There are great challenges for the London skills system to confront, but by leveraging the combined expertise of the capital's leading FE minds, and by working in partnership with Government and industry, the potential to transform the London skills system is real and will have a lasting impact for years to come.
Barnet Southgate College
Barnet Southgate is one of the largest colleges in the Greater London region, covering North London and Hertfordshire, with over 14,000 learners, 1,500 courses and hundreds of apprenticeships on four campuses and three specialist training centres.
Capital City College Group
The Capital City College Group is comprised of Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington Colleges. Westminster Kingsway offers academic courses, vocational programmes and apprenticeships at all levels to around 14,000 students. City and Islington College has around 13,000 students offering a range of provision at both higher and lower levels.
City of Westminster College
City of Westminster College, part of United Colleges Group, provides further education courses for 7,000 students a year and supports over 250 apprentices. Spread across two campuses, the college specialises in digital media, engineering and construction, while leading a cross-London project to re-engage young people not in training or education.
College of North West London
The College of North West London, part of United Colleges Group, is split across two campuses in Brent. With 500 employer partnerships, the college prides itself on getting its 10,000 students ready for work or more education. A Constructions Skills Centre has been developed by the college in nearby King’s Cross.
Lewisham Southwark College
Lewisham Southwark College is a further education college with three campuses in Southwark, Lewisham and Deptford. The college boasts 13,000 students and close to 500 apprentices. LeSoCo's specialisms include performing arts, ICT and construction and have recently invested £41 million into modern Southwark campus facilities.
London South East Colleges
London South East Colleges is the leading college in the South East London area, comprising 3 distinct colleges spread across campuses in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. The group provides vocational programmes and apprenticeship training to over 25,000 students.
New City College
Combining Redbridge College, Tower Hamlets College and Hackney College to form a major further education network in East London, the New City College boasts 15,000 students, trainees and apprentices. The group also owns the English language school, Westbourne Academy.
Newham College, London
Newham College is based across two key sites in East London, East Ham and Stratford, providing training and education for over 13,000 students. As a Training Quality Standard Award Winner, Newham College have been recognised for their expert teaching skills and employer connections.
South Thames College Group
South Thames College is located south of London and spread across three campuses: Wandsworth, Tooting and Merton. Over 21,000 students are enrolled, with a large number of vocational and apprenticeship opportunities in partnership with regional employers.
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