Building the workforce of tomorrow

Kensington and Chelsea College are building the workforce of tomorrow and for the 21st Century, with the recent launch of their newly built Transition Skills Centre based in Park Royal West London. The main aim of the centre is to support learners who are keen to develop and obtain skills to enter the Construction industry. The vision and purpose of the Kensington and Chelsea Transition Centre intends to address the LSC’s key priorities to deliver “better skills, better jobs, better lives.”

The launch event which took place on Thursday 29th November was attended by a range of local government agencies and education providers including Connexions, KCC YOT, Probation, LSC, Notting Hill Housing Trust, also employers from the construction industry including Bovis Lend Lease. Speeches were made by David Hughes, LSC London Regional Director, Mike Jutsum, Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea College and Shanie Jamieson, OLASS Director.

The Transition Skills Centre has been developed to cater for a diverse range of learners including offenders and ex offenders, adults and 14-19 year olds. It aims to make a difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people within London. Two days a week the Transition Centre is used exclusively by ex-offenders on the Skillsweb project. Sessions on the other days include 14-16 year olds from local schools in west London as part of the successful Diploma Gateway application in Construction and the Built Environment. The Centre also offers NVQs, Modern Apprenticeships and Intermediate construction awards for all ages, those working or planning to work in the industry. Kensington and Chelsea College are building a workforce to meet the challenging shortages of skills in the construction industry in the UK.

Kensington and Chelsea College based in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea runs a huge range of vocational and academic courses in 5 main centres throughout West London. The college is a dispersed, collaborative, entrepreneurial provider and works in partnership with the third sector, major employers and small businesses.

Mike Jutsum, Chief Executive explains “We can make a difference to people’s lives by raising skill levels. We will have mentors at the centre to help learners take up local long-term job opportunities. We can support learners to become more employable, more confident and better empowered to improve their future.”

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