Hull College Group, rated as Grade 1 - Outstanding in every area in its most recent Ofsted inspection, offers qualifications from entry level to post-graduate, including teacher training and professional qualifications. More than 90 per cent of students who complete a course progress to work or further study within six months.
The Group has placed employability at the core of its culture and curriculum. It is focussed on equipping students with the core skills to make them ready for the world of work and the personal and professional capabilities for long-term careers.
The Group works extensively with Jobcentre Plus, which, since August 2012, has referred hundreds of unemployed adults for short courses at Hull and Goole Colleges to re-skill them for employment opportunities. The Group also works with more than 1,200 employers and 30 secondary schools to promote employability and core skills for success in the workplace. This approach is reflected in the Group’s pioneering Progression Passport, the largest dedicated employability programme of its type in the UK, being delivered to all full-time 16-18 year-old students. The programme was designed in consultation with employers, based on an understanding that employability skills are as important as qualifications to companies seeking “work-ready” recruits. It records students’ participation and progress in a range of development activities, in addition to their main qualification.
Renewables and Digital
The Group recognises the energy, renewables and digital industries as the Humber’s greatest economic opportunity and is leading the way on skills development, to enable the region to realise the potential to transform the local economy. Hull College’s dedicated Centre for Digital and Green Energy offers more than 150 courses related to more than 100 different careers within the energy and renewables sector and associated supply chains, from NVQ Level 2 to honours degrees. This provision is designed to equip the local workforce for careers from manufacturing and wind farm technician roles up to production and technical director positions.
Hull College Group has established a series of strategic partnerships with key public and private sector organisations. The College’s excellent links with local employers are illustrated by a partnership with social enterprise Probe (Hull) Ltd, the Preston Road Development Trust and Hull City Council to transform homes on Hull’s Preston Road Estate. Under the East Hull Voids project more than 120 NVQ Level 2 Construction students transformed run-down and derelict properties into modern and affordable homes in the community as part of a hands-on training scheme.
It was this project which earned the College its National and International Green Gown Awards. The Group was named winner of the Social Responsibility category for the UK 10th Anniversary Awards at a prestigious ceremony in Manchester in November 2014. The International Award was bestowed at a ceremony in Tasmania, Australia. The Awards celebrate exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. The Group was united with their International Award more recently – read more here.
As the ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice are shared within the tertiary education sector, we are delighted to share a video and case study of the project which is available with the rest of the excellence from 2011-2014 on the Sustainability Exchange.
Enterprise is at the heart of the Group’s culture. It is a key aim of the Group to contribute to an innovation-rich, enterprising local community.
We have also forged many links with the business community and with business networks such as the Bondholders (a 180-strong business network) and For Entrepreneurs Only (FEO).
The Group also works closely with a wide range of “blue chip” businesses including BAE Systems, BP, ABP, Volvo, BMW, Total, Philips 66, Drax, Croda, Sonoco Trident and Spencer Group, while local employers help to shape the curriculum, the Group’s business-like approach to learning and skills provision means it is truly in tune with the needs of employers.
The Group is committed to developing the skilled and employable workforce required by existing businesses and potential inward investors.
The Group has set out a strategy for the coming years where provision of Further, Higher Education and apprenticeships is aligned to the local strategic priorities of the Humber and North Yorkshire region to include Engineering, Energy and Renewables, Construction, Digital Industries, Health and the Visitor Economy in preparation for Hull becoming the UK City of Culture 2017.
The Group has a powerful focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects to meet the vital need for a new generation of young people with technical and engineering skills.
As well as preparing young people for career success, the Group is focused on the re-training needs of more mature people as demonstrated through the hundreds of adults that have progressed on to employment as a result of the various Sector Based Work Academies operated by the Group’s Employability Hub.
Hull College has also worked closely with BAE Systems to offer support and opportunities for retraining and upskilling to almost 200 workers who were facing redundancy. The College provided a variety of training programmes relevant to trades, manufacturing and renewables employment or self-employment, as well as one-to-one advice and guidance.
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