EmployerLink BE PART OF IT
FROM THE EDITOR
CITY AND COLLEGE: REFLECTING ON A ST
Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of EmployerLink which celebrates the successes of our business partners and marks the final contribution from our outgoing Principal and Chief Executive, Phil Davies. As many of you know, Phil has worked tirelessly to position the College at the centre of our business community; involving employers in the design and development of our facilities and our everevolving curriculum. This has afforded the College a comprehensive number of engagement touchpoints with the region’s businesses. Our Apprenticeships are being used to upskill staff and to give people of all ages a chance to change career direction, as well as providing youngsters and schoolleavers a direct link into work. Our ever-popular Talking Business and charity dinner events host presentations by delegates from a range of sectors, including media, hospitality and retail. We offer training solutions, from first aid courses to management skills. Our work experience placements offer mutual value to both students and businesses. And our Business Engagement team can help develop your workforce for improved productivity and business success. We are preparing your future employees. Do they have the skills you need? Our Employer Partner meetings give businesses the best opportunity to get involved with the design and development of our courses and facilities. Only through this kind of collaborative working can we succeed in providing you with the best possible service. On that note, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you our exemplary high employer satisfaction score (more about that on page 4) which positioned the College first in the country. Thank you to all our employer partners who rated their experience with us so highly. Finally, in the spirit of reducing our carbon footprint, our EmployerLink magazine is going digital. This autumn we will be launching our new look e-newsletter with more industry news and all the latest updates and offers from the College. Don’t miss out. To continue to receive College communications straight to your inbox, please contact [email protected]
Pauline Hands, Editor Director of Marketing and Business Engagement
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TRONG PARTNERSHIP This summer, Phil Davies, Principal and Chief Executive of the College will retire, bringing to a close a distinguished career spanning 30 years in both the further and higher education and training sectors.
Since 2002, it has been my privilege to work at City College, the last seven of which leading our organisation as Principal and Chief Executive. So, it is with a curious mixture of pride, sadness and excitement that I take this opportunity to reflect on my tenure and the great things we have achieved with the help of our business community. It goes without saying that the period since my appointment has been one of the most challenging and rewarding times of my career. I have always been a firm believer that challenges lead to opportunities, and we have achieved much over the years that has only come about thanks to the close relationship between the College and employers in the region. I have always though that we are incredibly fortunate in Plymouth. We have a considerable number of businesses and other employers in the City who see considerable advantage in engaging in a meaningful dialogue with their local college about their future workforce plans and the development of their skills base. They recognise
that the skills they need to grow their businesses, to grow the economy and to raise productivity is developed most effectively and efficiently if we are working together. These businesses are actively involved in the College, not just as customers, but