Collab Group London has been set up to ensure that Chief Executives and Principals of the largest college groups in London are heard on issues relating to skills, employment and further education.
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 some of 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:
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.
Our London colleges offer a range of construction provision, and all have been awarded the Mayor of London's quality kitemark.
Our London colleges have state of the art facilities to train the next generation of digital and tech professionals.
Our London colleges are expert at providing training across professional and financial services.
Collab London colleges are leaders in training the next generation of health and social care workers.
Barnet and 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 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.
Lewisham Southwark College is a further education college with 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 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.
Formed through mergers of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Redbridge and Epping Forest colleges, the New City College Group is one of the largest further education organisations in the country with 25,000 students, trainees and apprentices. The Group also owns the Westbourne Academy English language school in Bournemouth.
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 is located south of London and formed by four colleges: Carshalton College, Kingston College, Merton College and South Thames College. Over 21,000 students are enrolled, with a large number of vocational and apprenticeship opportunities in partnership with regional employers.
United College Group is formed by the Central London College of North West London and the City of Westminster College, creating an ambitious college group. They have a wide range of qualifications at Further and Higher Education levels, which offer around 250 full and part-time courses to over 19,000 students each year.
West Thames College is located in the London borough of Hounslow, in West London. The college offers a range of A Levels and specialist courses up to higher education level, training over 6,500 students every year.
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This prospectus showcases the relationships that Collab Group colleges have created with employers.