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Cambridge Regional College working closely with employers to provide skilled workforce

Cambridge Regional College working closely with employers to provide skilled workforce

Cambridge Regional College was among leading Further Education colleges in the region reinforcing their commitment to work closely with employers at a meeting in the House of Commons.

The event, hosted by MP Robert Halfon for member colleges of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor Consortium, focused on the key role colleges play in providing skills training for current and future employees in the area.

Anne Constantine, Principal of Cambridge Regional College, said it was vital that colleges provided the right skills for the local economy.

“Cambridge Regional College is committed to working closely with our local employers to develop the training they need and to involve them in the design of our vocational programmes for young people,” she said. 

“The majority of our learners are interested in jobs and careers in the local area so it is vital that we align our provision with the needs of employers and the sub-regional economy.

“This is why CRC has just invested over £3m in upgrading its engineering and construction facilities and has sponsored the recently opened UTC Cambridge which specialises in science.”

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert – who is working with CRC on a campaign to celebrate apprenticeships - said investment in skills gave individuals and employers a competitive advantage.

“It is great to see Further Education colleges working together to provide the training needed for business in an increasingly high-tech economy. Initiatives such as Cambridge Regional College’s work with the region’s life science firms shows the commitment to designing and delivering the training packages needed by business,” he said.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “Colleges need to ensure that they deliver the right skills and the right type of training to meet local employers’ needs and I am pleased that they are taking the initiative to working collaboratively to ensure this.”

Andrew Harrison, MD, Stansted Airport said FE colleges played an important role in delivering the skills and training needed by 190 companies on the airport site.

“We look forward to working ever closer with educational partners as we continue to grow our airport and develop strong and active relationships with our local communities,” he said.

The Consortium focuses on the key role its 10 FE member colleges play in ensuring business have the training provision to deliver the skills they need and local communities have access to employment and in-work progression.

Pictured Cambridge MP Julian Huppert with CRC apprentices at Sepura.

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