Harrogate College has been nationally-recognised for its efforts to encourage staff and students to walk and cycle to college, reducing the impact of traffic.
The college won the bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation for promoting sustainable and active travel, as well as its green agenda within the community.
Launched in 2008, the STARS Education scheme is supported by the Department for Transport and has seen over 1,400 schools in England achieve accreditation since its inception.
Holly Hansen-Maughan, Performance and Projects Coordinator at Harrogate College, said: “At Harrogate College, sustainable travel and transport is just one part of the college’s commitment to sustainability and the green economy. It’s great to have that recognised with the Modeshift STARs award.
“Our aim is to work with the community stakeholders to implement and coordinate the development of more activities that contribute positively to the environment.”
“We support all the work being done to make the community carbon neutral and we strive to be the centre of green excellence, fitting with the Harrogate district,” Holly added.
Over the last twelve months, the college has worked with Circular Yorkshire, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the Local Business Enterprise, businesses and voluntary organisations.
Harrogate College has welcomed the government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper, calling it a ‘step forward’ that will benefit both young people who are starting their careers and adults who may be thinking of retraining or returning to education.
One of the features of the reforms is to offer adults a range of new prospects, giving tens of thousands the opportunity to retrain in later life. It will also help them gain in-demand skills and open up further job options. This includes the chance for any adults without a full Level 3 qualification (A level equivalent), to gain one from April 2021 for free in a range of sectors including engineering, health and accountancy.
Harrogate College is in the process of establishing a higher level technical skills programme that not only complements the vision outlined in the white paper, but also meets the higher level skills demand that exist in Harrogate from the current labour market intelligence.
Danny Wild, Principal of Harrogate College, said: “In the future, students will have the opportunity to take more modular courses, which make full use of online teaching and blended learning. This in turn, will make them more accessible and convenient for those who sign up for them.
“Harrogate College has been proactive in addressing the gaps since the start of the pandemic, with a particular focus on students, employers and communities. The government putting skills at the centre of its agenda is welcomed as it indicates how vital colleges and further education will be in levelling up for people and places, whilst taking measures to address productivity.
“The white paper recognises that the skills for jobs needs to be industry-led, which is something that Harrogate College has been focusing on and developing over the last 18 months, with the college looking to deliver the new industry standard T Levels for 16 year olds from September 2022 in science, digital, health and care, finance and construction.
“The strength of these courses are the partnerships the college has with industry to give our students relevant work placements with key industries across the district while completing their studies.”
The college recently launched the Harrogate College Employers’ Network to bring employers into the college to help support them with their skills gaps and to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and meets market demand.
Danny added: “The work we’re doing with employers and stakeholders to develop a curriculum that meets local needs is in alignment with the government’s recent paper and reflects the college’s intention to have an employer/industry led curriculum to ensure businesses are getting employees with the skills they need.
“The white paper is a really positive step towards addressing skills gaps; the key to the success of it will be working with businesses to influence a collaborative industry-led curriculum that supports life-long learning. It is an ambitious package but I believe it can deliver a significant shift in the way we support or address education and skills needs, not just on a local level but on a national level.”
Harrogate College has announced three innovative commercial courses ahead of the new academic year.
The latest courses include: Business Support:
Maintaining Business Compliance, Empowering Leaders, and Business Support:
With the distinctive rise of e-learning, where
teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms, people who have been
furloughed or made redundant are being encouraged to develop their skills
The programmes at Harrogate College are being
offered to anyone who wants to change career or upskill. It is also open to businesses
to help train their employees or give them something to work on.
Danny Wild, Principal at Harrogate College, said: “One of the outcomes
of the coronavirus pandemic is that people have embraced innovative ways of
studying as a result of remote working and we are pleased to be offering these
learning opportunities, which will allow students to learn new, or develop
existing skills through flexible and convenient online learning.”
He added: “The current situation highlights the importance of online and
digital modes of delivering learning and training and we want to support
businesses in the district to help their employees upskill and improve their
future employment prospects.”
All courses are industry recognised qualifications, allowing continued
professional development (CPD) to upskill staff, ensuring that businesses
benefit from a high performing workforce.
The Empowering Leaders programme will focus on the ways organisations
operate, the application of management and leadership approaches, and how
management approaches can lead to improved performance.
The Business Support: Maintaining Business Compliance programme is aimed
at food handlers, or those responsible for managing food handlers, and will
provide an awareness of the legal responsibilities and controls in relation to
the 14 regulated allergens.
For more information about the courses, visit the website.
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