Group Chair Alastair Da Costa announced as social mobility commissioner

The Group is pleased to announce that our Chair Alastair Da Costa has been appointed to become a Commissioner of the Social Mobility Commission. Alastair will formally start the role on 1 November and will continue as Chair of the Group throughout his time as a Commissioner.

Alastair said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as a Commissioner. The Social Mobility Commission does incredibly important work and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”

The Department for Education’s full announcement is here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-appoints-new-social-mobility-commissioners

 

Capital City College Group signs a partnership agreement with Guangdong Construction Polytechnic in China

Capital City College Group’s (CCCG) International team welcomed senior representatives from Guangdong Construction Vocational Technology Institute on a visit to London to sign an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions. Joining the meeting was the Chairman, YE Feisong, alongside CCCG’s CEO Andy Wilson, newly-appointed Operations Director of CCCT Jackie Chapman and Seungeun Chang, Head of International Operations for CCCT.

This meeting signals the start of an intended cooperation between the institutions, which is expected to see the delivery of training and sharing best practice.

The meeting was followed by a visit to Berkeley Group where our Chinese partners met with Stav Aristokle Hill, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, who provided an informative presentation sharing the work Berkeley does with Apprentices from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, part of CCCG.

Andy Wilson, CEO of the CCCG Group said: ‘“It was exciting to host this senior delegation from Guandong Construction Polytechnic and, in particular, to compare our aspirations for Apprenticeships in our respective countries. I look forward to developing a strong relationship and continuing to learn from each other’s experiences”.

Why Capital City College Group is supporting Colleges Week

Capital City College Group, our specialist apprenticeships training arm Capital City College Training, and our three colleges, have all signed-up to support Colleges Week, which runs from 15 to 19 October.  It’s part of the #LoveOurColleges campaign and will see colleges across the country showcasing the brilliant stuff they do, day in and day out.

The Week is also calling for more funding for Further Education. Why?

Every year 2.2 million people of all ages get some form of educating and training from a Further Education College. Colleges make a phenomenal difference to the lives of thousands of people of all ages every year.

But funding for Further Education is in crisis. Over the last decade, colleges have had an average 30% funding cut which is making it a lot harder for people who really need it, to get the education that they deserve.

So, as well as celebrating the achievements of our staff and students, we are calling for four things:

  1. For the Government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for five years and extend the pupil premium to cover post-16 students;
  2. For the Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay;
  3. Fully funding a National Retraining Scheme to support level 3 to 5 skills;
  4. Introducing a lifetime learning entitlement to fund skills training for all adults who have not previously achieved a level 3 qualification.

Education is an investment, not a cost. And it must never be a privilege reserved for those who can afford it. Support Colleges Week on Twitter and Facebook with #CollegesWeek and #LoveourColleges

CCCG hosts teachers of Korea Polytechnics On a Customised Leadership Training Programme in London

Capital City College Group (CCCG) recently welcomed a group of 20 engineering faculty members from Korea Polytechnics to take part in a week-long bespoke Leadership training programme.

Korea Polytechnics is a collection of 11 colleges throughout 34 cities in Korea, where students attend one of their public vocational school for between two to three years. The group visited CCCG’s College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CoNEL) to experience the Construction and Engineering provision at the Enfield Campus. As part of their programme, the group made a trip to Kelly Rail; an engineering employer collaborating with CCCG on the delivery of apprenticeships. The highlight of the visit was a presentation provided by four apprentices currently working at Kelly Rail who spoke about the experience and the benefits of being on an apprenticeship.

The programme was extremely well received by the engineering faculty group with particularly positive feedback on the information provided at CoNEL and its facilities. This is the second cohort of KOPO faculty CCCG have received on a programme of this nature. CCCG look forward to continuing its relationship with Korea Polytechnics.