KCC Joins National Skills Academy Network

KCC Joins National Skills Academy Network

Kensington and Chelsea College is delighted to announce that it has been recruited by The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural as a new Associate College member.

We will collaborate closely with North Hertfordshire College, one of the Skills Academy’s 24 Founder Colleges, in one of four newly-formed regional cluster groups in the eastern and south eastern regions.

The new cluster group will work with the Skills Academy’s education and industry network, together with local employers and education services to deliver improved training, skills, education and advice to students seeking careers in the creative and cultural sector.

As a college, we are committed to maximising the benefits from the abundance of creative and cultural organisations across London

We recognise that there is predicted to be significant growth in the sector over the coming years – up to 40% by 2020, based on research by the National Skills Academy 2012 – and as quoted in the Cultural Metropolis 2012, produced by the Greater London Authority ‘the future of London’s cultural sector will depend heavily upon the talents and skills of its workforce’

Over the coming year we will continue to develop our courses and apprenticeships to ensure that we equip our learners with the right skills for this exciting and dynamic sector.

Monica Box, Kensington and Chelsea College Principal, says: ‘Learners at Kensington and Chelsea College have long benefited from our strong tradition of programmes within the creative and cultural field and from our location within a renowned UK creative and cultural location – our associate college status within the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural now provides a third benefit for learners. Industry specific skill development is essential to economic success and becoming an associate college will keep us right at the heart of business thinking.’

Pauline Tambling, Joint CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills and Managing Director, National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, says: ‘We are thrilled to welcome these new members to our National Skills Academy network. Our ability to deliver successful programmes depends entirely on the collaboration between industry and education partners. With the support of the new colleges, we can help more young people develop the skills and training they need to get into creative careers.’