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Kensington and Chelsea College Earns Quality Mark

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Kensington and Chelsea College following its review in March 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Kensington and Chelsea College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the College’s use of the work-based mentoring process to support and enhance student learning opportunities
  • the role of employers in learning and assessment activities.

The review also highlighted the support offered to students through the admissions process.

It’s a fabulous outcome for the College and confirmation of our high standards and approach to Higher education.Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College

QAA’s Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Kensington and Chelsea College included Dr Glenn Barr (independent) and Lucy Bannister (student reviewer from Cleveland College of Art and Design).

A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.

To see the full report and action plan for the College click on the links below.

QAA Action Plan 2015

QAA Higher Education Report 2015

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Beth Wright has gone from being unemployed to securing a respectable position as Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Goldfinger Factor, and it’s all thanks to Kensington and Chelsea College’s Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The ambitious 23 year old, started her apprenticeship journey as a Level 2 in Business and Administration, but through a passion for the creative sector, has since progressed onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

Almost 2 months on, Beth is now a big part of the Goldfinger Team and has already sharpened her business, organisation and creative skills.

Goldfinger Factory is a local employer and part of the Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, offering young people in the borough the chance to gain employment opportunities within the creative industry. The factory specialises in the up-cycling of furniture and fit-outs. Speaking about her apprenticeship, Beth said:
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to go back to college to study but also wanted to be in a working environment, to learn new skills from people that have experience in the work place.”

“What I really enjoy about my apprenticeship is meeting new people and learning from others. I especially enjoyed the decorative process of studding – the tutor I worked with was great!”

Beth went on to speak about the skills she has learnt while being on the apprenticeship:
“I have learnt new business skills, how to adapt to change in a working environment, the importance of policies and why we need them in business.”

Kensington and Chelsea College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships and works in partnership with many high-profile London employers including the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces and Hemingway Design.

Kensington and Chelsea College is supporting the National Apprenticeship Week 2015 by joining forces with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000 for the official launch of their Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, this week on the 12th March.

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Apprentices

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea College

It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s apprentices as they beat stiff competition from across London to scoop the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award recognises exemplary young people from across the creative industry who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a difference in their work place.

Hannah Steele and Elijah Bligh-Briggs from the London Transport Museum were presented the awards in front of industry leaders at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock.

The pair has been recognised for their remarkable contribution to the London Transport Museum, through hard work and tenacity. Hannah Steele and Bligh-Briggs – who have now trained as Arts Award advisor – have helped 27 young volunteers achieve an Arts Award, through their coaching and support. As a result, the Arts Award qualification has been introduced into the framework of Young Volunteer Projects on London Transport Museum’s Young People’s Skills Programme.

Speaking about her time at London Transport Museum, Hannah Steele said:
“The people that work here are really supportive. If there’s anything we are interested in, we get to explore it in our work.”

She went on to advise young people who are considering becoming an apprentice:
“I’d tell anyone that was thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. You can earn while you learn, which is a big draw. It’s just like going to work, except you get a qualification at the end of it.”

The award win comes a week before the launch of the ‘Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme’ during National Apprenticeship Week. A programme which has seen the College exclusively partner with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000, to offer creative employment opportunities for young people in the borough.