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The Stories So Far

Collab Group colleges can demonstrate a strong track record of working with employers in a number of key economic sectors. These include employers in construction, engineering, manufacturing and more.

Our colleges continue to develop strategic relationships that meet the long-term skills needs by delivering technical education and training programmes to the benefit of individuals and wider society.

Here are some of the sectors and success stories of how Colleges are #creating workforce.

  • Engineering

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    Engineering is a highly diverse sector where Collab Group colleges are working to supply the skills that industry needs. One of the fastest-growing occupations in the sector are vehicle, technicians, mechanics and electricians. Within this occupation, Collab Group colleges are providing 53% of the achievements to supply projected job openings up until 2023.

    Overall, Collab Group Colleges provide achievements to cover 22.4% of all job openings in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.


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    CCCG & National Training Academy for Rail

    An overview of the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) initiative developed by CONEL

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    Bridgwater and Taunton College & EDF Energy

    A partnership developed between Bridgwater and Taunton College and EDF Energy to create a sustainable legacy of skills training for nuclear power stations

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    Activate Learning & BMW Group Leadership and Engineering Programmes

    A partnership developed between Activate Learning and BMW Group to provide a leadership and engineering programme for production team leaders

  • Defence

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    The defense industry is vital to our national security. The sector includes highly important sub sectors such as the aerospace, maritime, land and intelligence sub sectors.

    Collab Group colleges are providing skilled people to undertake specialist roles which ensure that the defense sector has the necessary expertise to fulfill its important strategic and security priorities.


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    West College Scotland & BAE Systems Surface Naval

    A partnership developed between West College Scotland and BAE Systems

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    Lincoln College Group & the Air & Defence Career College

    An initiative set up by Lincoln College Group to create the Air & Defence Career College (A&DCC) in partnership with organisations in the Air and Defence sector

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    Blackpool and the Fylde College & BAE Systems

    A partnership developed between Blackpool and the Fylde College and BAE to co-develop world-class higher education programmes training the project managers and engineers of the future

  • Manufacturing

    Overview

    The UK is one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations with 2.7 million people employed in the industry, accounting for 8.3% of the total jobs in the UK.

    The sector continues to innovate through the use of new processes like ‘smart manufacturing’ which focuses on optimising production through technology.

    The manufacturing sector has many branches which include food, automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical, defence, and electronics. Collab Group colleges have partnerships with manufacturing employers to help develop the skills and capabilities of the workforce.


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    The Bedford College Group & Weetabix

    A partnership that The Bedford College Group has built with Weetabix to provide apprentices into their workforce

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    Milton Keynes College & BHS Home Appliances

    A partnership developed between Milton Keynes College and BHS Home Appliances to provide workforce development and training programmes

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    Derby College Group & HUUB

    A collaborative partnership developed between Derby College Group and wetsuit and apparel specialist HUUB to provide work opportunities for college learners

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    Barnet and Southgate College and Grupo Antolin

    A partnership between Barnet and Southgate college and automotive interior manufacturer Grupo Antolin to provide business improvement training

  • Construction

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    Construction and homebuilding is a large sector, accounting for 1,491,800 jobs in 2018, having grown by 17.9 per cent since 2010.

    The sector is one of the key ones that Collab Group colleges are regularly engaged with through providing skilled and well-trained talent that can work in a variety of important job roles.

    Overall colleges are projected to provide achievements for 24.8% of projected job openings in the construction sector. Collab Group colleges are projected to provide achievements to supply 95% of the demand for Bricklayers and masons up until 2023.


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    Hull College & Hobson and Porter

    A partnership between Hull College Group and Hobson and Porters on their Foundations scheme to attract new talent into the construction industry

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    Coleg Cambria & Redrow

    Coleg Cambria have partnered with Redrow to offer the first dedicated Housebuilding Degree validated by John Moores University

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    Chichester College Group & Taylor Wimpey

    A partnership developed between Chichester College Group and Taylor Wimpey to provide apprenticeship opportunities to young people

  • Health & Social Care

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    Collab Group Colleges are making a considerable difference to the health and social care sector. Whether acting as carers, pharmacists or other allied healthcare professionals Collab Group colleges are providing the talent and the skills that help to support vital health and care services.


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    Walsall College & Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

    A partnership developed between Walsall College and the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

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    Sheffield College & Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    A strategic relationship between Sheffield College and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

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    Leicester College & Allexton Day Nursery

    A partnership between Leicester College and Allexton Day Nursery to supply work experience placements

  • Public Sector

    Overview

    5.42 million people are employed in the UK's public sector - accounting for 16.5% of all those in paid work. Colleges work especially closely with local authorities to ensure they have the talent to manage public services effectively.

    Collab Group colleges are helping a range of employers delivering vital public services to acquire new talent and upskill their workforce.


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    Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Council

    A strategic training partnership developed between Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Council’s Stronger Families service

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    Gower College Swansea and Swansea Council

    An apprenticeship and training partnership developed between Gower College and Swansea Council

  • Professional & Business Services

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    Professional and business services make up a significant proportion of the UK economy. Collab Group colleges have purpose built specialist centres supporting new business development and entrepreneurship.

    Check out what Collab Group colleges are doing to support business development and professional services across the United Kingdom.


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    Highbury College and Drift IT

    A partnership developed between Highbury College and Drift IT to recruit and trains a consistent pipeline of IT Technician apprentices to support their growth aspirations

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    Edinburgh College & Morton Fraser

    A relationship developed between Edinburgh College and Morton Fraser to support the Scottish law firm with training requirements

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    Belfast Met & Deloitte

    A relationship that Belfast Met has developed with Deloitte UK to support the development and growth of their digital data and technology centre in Belfast

  • Creative & Entertainment Industries

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    The creative industries are a major employer in the UK, supporting a wide variety of artistic and cultural activities that generate considerable economic activity.

    Check out these case studies to find out more about how Collab Group colleges are supporting the vital and enriching industries.


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    Trafford College Group and Mission Mars

    A partnership between Trafford College Group and Mission Mars to deliver their training programmes

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    South Essex College & Royal Opera House

    A partnership between South Essex College and the Royal Opera House to deliver their BA (Hons) Costume Construction degree programme

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    Newham College & Aspers

    A partnership between Newham college and Aspers to deliver their training and development services

  • Sports Industries

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    Collab Group colleges play a leading role in making sure that the sporting industry has the talent that it needs. Find out more by checking out some of the great case studies in this dynamic and important sector.


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    South Staffordshire College and Stoke City FC

    A partnership between South Staffordshire College and Stoke City FC to meet the training needs of the football team

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