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City Region Business Awards
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The Sheffield College is delighted to have sponsored the Sheffield City Region Awards.

The awards celebrate the shining business stars of the region and their achievements.

The college was also thrilled to win the skills development and apprenticeship category of the awards for:

Developing a nationally acclaimed partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals providing apprenticeships.

Supporting the launch of Norton Creative, which enables small companies in the creative and digital media sector to work with apprentices. 

Its leadership of the UTC Sheffield project, delivered with employers and universities.

Its work with Jobcentre Plus to support hundreds of jobseekers back into work.

Andrew Cropley, executive director for strategic planning and business development, The Sheffield College, said: “We are thrilled that our commitment to providing strategic and sustainable skills solutions in partnership with employers has been recognised through this award.

He added: “We have shown that we can work with businesses to design partnerships that work for them and provide great opportunities for the people of the Sheffield City Region.

“We would encourage more employers to get in touch with us to see how we can work together to develop professional and vocational training to meet their needs and help their businesses to grow.”

Vocational skills lead the way

Further education, with its emphasis on vocational and enterprise qualifications, has a critical role to play meeting the growing demand for technical skills in key sectors for business growth.

A recent report from the Institute of Public Policy Research, published in June, investigates the changing landscape of the workforce within the next decade.

Winning The Global Race? Jobs, Skills And The Importance of Vocational Education, reveals that many of the jobs expected to drive economic growth in the future will be accessible with a vocational, technical qualification.

Three A-levels and a degree – the traditional ‘golden route’ in education – is no longer the only option when it comes to securing a job. The report concludes that Britain needs stronger vocational education and more employers to engage with it and skills development.

The Sheffield College is good for business and supports employers by helping them to get the skills they need – providing the rocket fuel for driving the economy and bigger, better and faster growth.

Investing in training and skills development is crucial to success for innovation and gaining a competitive edge - whether you are a micro business or a large employer.

Economic impact of the college

The economic impact of the college is £321 million a year to the city’s students, businesses, taxpayers and communities. 

Of that, £284.3 million comes from the accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce. They are the city’s talent pool and employees of the future.

Employers benefit from working with the college in several ways:

We deliver high-quality apprenticeships to train emerging talent, and offer professional and vocational courses to develop employee skills.

Employers benefit from supporting our work placements scheme, gaining the opportunity to train potential employees of the future.

We encourage employers to shape our students’ skills development and learning, setting work-based projects.

We are currently developing sponsorship packages as part of our exciting new £15.6 million Sheffield College upgrade.

Plans for the future

From September 2015, the upgrade will result in new facilities and extensions to The Sheffield College of Applied Engineering and Hillsborough College, which have been designed with employers firmly in mind.

We will be extending the curriculum so that we can close skills gaps in areas highlighted for growth by the LEP and provide more jobs opportunities for young people.

Specialisms include engineering, performing arts, creative and digital industries, and others.

We are developing an offer focusing on business and professional courses as part of our soon-to-be-launched City Business School, which will include short taster courses aimed at small and medium-sized businesses which comprise the majority of Sheffield’s business base.

Next academic year, we are launching a new School For Creative Start-ups with high profile entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den panellist Doug Richard – offering a course to give adults the skills to launch a business based on their creative talents.

And we are opening an exciting new course with JB Gill from JLS in September to give young people skills in the entertainment industries –again, where there is a shortage of skills.

Award-winning students

On the same night at another awards ceremony in London, one of our creative and digital apprentices, Jasmine Welsh won the Outstanding BTEC Apprentice 16-18 of the Year award from Pearson.

There’s a wealth of talented and motivated young people out there.

Isn’t it time that your businesses tapped into their talent and shaped their skills and their future, as part of your journey to greater growth and success?

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