Be agile and responsive to meet local and regional skills priorities, to drive productivity, and to be the trusted provider of choice for employers and partners.

Leaders and teachers work in conjunction with employers to enrich the curriculum. For example, leaders work with local NHS trusts to co-design work placements that support health and social care learners on study programmes to develop the skills that employers require in healthrelated professions

Ofsted 2022


We will invest in our facilities and work hand-in-hand with employers to shape the curriculum to reflect the skills needs and demands of local and regional employers and businesses, and support a pipeline of skilled professionals.


We recognise that the pace of change in the world of work requires our learners to be continuously exposed to new technologies and working practices. We want to ensure all our learners are Future Ready and equipped to meet the skills needs of prospective employers. We play a vital role in helping learners overcome barriers to learning, and to progress to higher level skills training. We will ramp up the engagement of employers in helping to shape the curriculum and its delivery, and through our Future Skills Pledge we will support them in investing in skills in their own workforces.

Strategy Into Action

We will:

  • Grow the College’s four Skills Hubs working with employers in Construction and Green Technologies, Engineering and STEM, Digital and Creative, and Health and Social Care, with ambitious targets and routes to higher level skills to meet skills needs
  • Work collaboratively with employers to ensure an inclusive curriculum creating a pipeline of skills in priority sectors and service industries
  • Work with partners such as Family Hubs, schools and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as the go-to provider for adult learning in the community, lifelong learning and basic skills for life and work