THERE doesn't seem to be a day goes by without it being tagged as an awareness or appreciation day for one cause or another so why do colleges feel it necessary to promote themselves with a campaign such as 'Love Our Colleges' which took place in October?
Colleges such as Moulton College are at the heart of their community, working with businesses and helping to educate and train 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. Despite this, colleges have had to deal with an average of 30 per cent cut to their funding over the last decade. Coordinated cross-sector campaigns such as #LoveOurColleges are critical to raising the profile of these funding challenges, but they are much more than just a plea for fairer funding.
Love Our Colleges is also about celebrating the amazing work being done by colleges such as Moulton College to raise the skills profile of the general population. By working closely with employers we can ensure that the courses and skills being taught to young people and adults fill the skills gaps in the area. Each year Moulton College trains over 2,000 young people aged 16-18 and more than 2,000 adults from Entry Level through to degree level, enhancing their employability and career prospects.
So how can you support your local college?
There are many ways to get involved with your local college and support the great work being done.
* Offer your time to speak to students about your industry so that they understand what employers are looking for
* Make contact with the teaching team and have a direct input into the curriculum and skills being taught
* Offer work experience opportunities to students, a great benefit to you and them as they prepare to go into employment
* Raise the skill level of your own employees through training at the college. Moulton College offers both bespoke professional courses and certified qualifications
* Consider holding your next event at a college. Moulton College has superb facilities for hosting seminars and business meetings including residential and a full catering support package
* Donate tools or equipment - a great chance to get your brand in front of students who will your potential customers in the future
* Consider applying to become a Governor and have an even greater impact upon the future of your local college
By working together with your local college you can make a significant difference to not only the career prospects of hundreds of people but also ensure that you have access to the skilled people you need both now and in the future.
The new £5M Food and Drink Innovation Centre at Moulton College was developed in response to collaboration with local industries within the Food and Drink sector.