This is the year of new beginnings for so many in business and industry.
At The Bedford College Group we are focussed on supporting employers who need staff with the right skills to navigate the “new normal”, or Brexit Britain, or tackle technology fast-forwarded by lockdowns and ‘working from home’.
Apprenticeships are always on the list, together now with the new T-Levels which offer employers and potential employees the chance to ‘test each other out’ over a period of 315 hours work experience over two years
Current 16-18-year-olds, born in the 21st Century, are immersed in the use of technology in way that the over 40s can rarely comprehend. That modern mindset is vital now, and, by offering those in that age group work experience or placements, 20th Century businesses can learn from them, whilst helping to shape these eager young people into the employees of the future.
There are increased opportunities and funding for apprentices aged 19+ allowing employers to widen their range of candidates.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is vital because we all need to keep learning, updating our skills and progressing. Change and more change is going to be the way forward and we are now a fifth of the way into the futuristic 21st Century - so time to get with the programme.
The Bedford College Group has been voted the FE College of the Year in the face of fierce competition in the highly respected Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards. This is more than an inward-facing educational publication, it is the touchstone for changes in the educational world and how that interlinks with business and industry.
It shows that our Group is a beacon for how post 16 education, Further Education and Higher and degree-level learning can best be delivered. That service to you is changing all the time, we are changing with you.
Gina Bubbins Director of Business Development
The Bedford College Group www.bedford.ac.uk